Civil Rights March on Washington Planning Meetings

July 17, 2003

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Southerners On New Ground announce planning meetings for local organizers

Dear Friend:
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and Southerners On New Ground (SONG) announce additional planning meetings for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participation in the 40th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic 1963 March on Washington and I Have A Dream speech.

See the original announcement about the March here.

Dates and locations of these meetings are as follows:

Friday, July 18th - Providence, RI
St. Francis Chapel
58 Weybosset St., Meeting Room 6
6:30 - 8:30pm
Local Contact: S. Miller,

Monday, July 21st - Boston, MA
Fenway Community Health Center
7 Haviland St.
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Local Contact: Mark Snyder,

Tuesday, July 22nd - New York, NY
LGBT Community Center 208 West 13th Street, Room 410
7:30 - 9:30pm

Wednesday, July 23rd - Philadelphia, PA
William Way Community Center
1315 Spruce St., Room 129
6:30 - 8:30pm

Thursday, July 24th - Washington, DC
Communication Workers of America
501 3rd Street NW (The corner of 3rd and E Streets NW)
6:30 - 8:30pm

Monday, August 4 - Durham, NC
115 Market Street, Room 207
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Local Contact: Mandy Carter, 919-667-1362,

Contact Caeden Dempsey at 202-639-6302 or for more information regarding the local meetings and/or if you would like to set up local meetings in your area.

Other organizations urging member participation in the 40th Anniversary March on Washington include: Al-Fatiha, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Family Pride Coalition, GLSEN, HRC, LLEGO, National Center for Transgender Equality, P-FLAG National, Pride at Work, Queers for Peace and Justice, Queers for Racial and Economic Justice, and Women in the Life.

Contact Caeden Dempsey at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for contact information for the above organizations.If your organization is interested in spreading the word about or organizing a contingent to participate in the March, please contact Caeden Dempsey .

Basic March Information:
40th Anniversary March on Washington . August 23 . Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
On Saturday, August 23 the nation's civil rights community will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. It was on this day that Dr. Martin Luther King made his historic I Have A Dream speech.
Martin Luther King III and Coretta Scott King are among the 40th Anniversary March organizers. The theme this year will be: Return, Repair, Renew - which underscores the critical times that we are in.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has been invited to join in this historic and urgently needed event. This March gives LGBT people the opportunity to show our support of, and inclusion in, the civil rights movement.

Commemorating Bayard Rustin
Under SONG's leadership, the LGBT community will again celebrate and recall Bayard Rustin's visionary - but often unrecognized - leadership in the civil rights movement with special programs throughout the weekend. Bayard Rustin, an out African American gay man, was the principal organizer of the 1963 march, one of Dr. Martin Luther King's most trusted co-workers, and a founder of several leading civil rights organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Friday, August 22nd, there will be an evening showing of "Brother Outsider-The Life of Bayard Rustin" with special guests at the Kennedy Center.
Saturday, August 23rd, there will be a morning Bayard Rustin Commemorative Rally preceding the Anniversary March and Rally for our LGBT and ally community. Time/place TBA.
Saturday, August 23rd, at 6pm John D'Emilio will be at Lambda Rising Bookstore, for a book reading and signing for his new book Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin.

For more information, contact either NGLTF or SONG at the following:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Caeden Dempsey
Southerners On New Ground
Mandy Carter


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.