Storycorps Friday: The March on Washington and the Fight for Full Equality


Mandy Carter and Matt Foreman at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

One of the best tools we have to create change are the stories we tell about our lives. Today, we’re debuting a series of stories we recorded with StoryCorps at last year’s Creating Change conference.

This month, meet Mandy Carter and Matt Foreman. Both have a long, long history in the LGBT movement. Among his many accomplishments, Matt was Executive Director of the Task Force. Mandy, who describes herself as an “out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist” is one of the founders of Southerners on New Ground (SONG), born at the 1993 Creating Change conference and of the National Black Justice Coalition. Matt and Mandy reflect on working together on the 2003 Lincoln Memorial Rally for the 40th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where they were the only LGBT speakers. The Task Force is proud to be working on this August’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March.

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Stories aren’t only about the past – it gives people a chance to talk talking about their hopes for in the future. Our goal is not just to write down history, it’s to give people a tool – telling stories about their own lives – that are a key to creating change for our movement and the world.

We hope you enjoy hearing Mandy and Matt talk about their lives in the movement and the events of 2003.