The 50 years since the March on Washington has brought about
progress and a number of changes in the struggle for civil rights.
Shuttlesworth Jr., the son of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, says the March on
Washington was just another day at the office for his legendary father.
was a march that would have a profound effect on the course of this nation.
Shuttlesworth Jr. says it was a special time in this nation's history as men of faith like his
father and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined some 250,000 others at the
"Black folks, white folks... It wasn't about color then, it
was about, 'wow, this is just terribly impressive'. In the perfect place at the
perfect time," he told FOX19.
March on Washington opened up discussion on a number of other social issues, not
the least of which is economic equality, where Cincinnati NAACP President James Clingman says more work is
"Health, jobs as well as other indicators point to the fact, the fact
that we have not advanced economically in the last 50 years," said Clingman.
Clingman says blacks are still unemployed at twice the
rate of whites, which creates what he calls a wealth gap.
"We have to
concentrate more on economic empowerment closing this wealth gap that we talk
about. Fifty years ago, it was five times between blacks and whites. Today, it's
six and a half times so we're really moving backwards," he said.
one of the reasons Fred Shuttlesworth remained a champion of civil rights until
his death in 2011.
legacy of Fred Shuttlesworth is not only reflected in his children, but in archives at the Greater New Light Baptist Church located on North Fred Shuttlesworth Circle in Avondale.