CIVIL RIGHTS The March's Meaning
The march on Washington was a triumph. But after everybody agreed on that, the question was: Why?
Hardly in terms of immediate results, since there were none. The battle cry of the march was "Now!" Seas of placards demanded Negro equalityNow! Speakers demanded actionNow! Cried John Lewis, 25, leader of the militant young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNICK): "We want our freedomand we want it NOW!"
But Now! remained a long way off. It would not come today, tomorrow, next month or next year. This was made starkly clear as the leaders of civil rights organizations paid...