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4:31 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Pittsburgh Civil Rights Leader Remembers the 1963 March on Washington

Credit Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

Long-time civil right activist and former Pittsburgh City Councilman Sala Udin recently spoke with WESA Senior News Editor, Mark Nootbaar about his memories of the 1963 March on Washington.

Fifty years ago, Sala Udin was a 19-year-old living with his aunt and cousin in New York. He was involved in the civil rights movement but was not as active in the struggle as he would soon become...

Udin arrived early at the march that would eventually draw 250,000 people and was able to get a seat near the front where activists, fresh from the struggle in the south, were to share their experiences, as Udin points out, first-hand and not “filtered by the media.” 

Also on the list of speakers was Martin Luther King Jr., who grabbed the audience’s attention with what would eventually become known as the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Monday at noon, we’ll talk with more Pittsburghers about the 1963 march and follow up on this weekend’s commemorative events in Washington DC.

If you’re going to the March on Washington commemoration this Saturday, or if you were there 50 years ago, call and leave a message about your experience at 412-256-8783. We’d love to share your story.