WASHINGTON (AP/WAOK) – Civil rights leader Andrew Young says the struggle for black America continues 50 years after the historic March on Washington.
Young said Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech that day was really a speech about poverty. When men and women of color, Young said, presented their check at the “bank of justice,” it came back marked insufficient funds.
He said: “Fifty years later, we’re still here trying to cash that bad check.”
Young, who served as a U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations and two-time mayor of Atlanta, spoke at the 50th anniversary ceremony in Washington. He charmed the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial with civil rights-era songs and promised them in song: “I’ve got a feeling everything’s gonna be all right.”