Highlighting lessons from the worldwide screening of the documentary titled, “The March,” a 1964 documentary by James Blue to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Rev. King, Jr at the US Consulate in Lagos on Monday, Odumakin advised Nigerians not to be divided along religious or ethnic lines but to come under the same umbrella to stand up against discrimination, injustice and corruption in Nigeria.
“We shall not go violent and we will not be provoked to go violent but we shall move together to make Nigeria great again,” she said.
The 40-minute film describes what took place during the 1963 civil rights March on Washington for jobs and freedom, one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history. The March, in which about 250,000 Americans participated, called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.
During the march, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating for racial harmony. The March is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Welcoming the guests, Financial Management Officer at the U.S. Consulate, Mr. Carl Scotts said the program was a follow-up to the Consulate’s program on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. He said he expected the documentary to serve as a reminder of the importance of the march and the need to continue to fight for freedom and equality all over the world.