Do marches still work? Can they be effective today? CNN's T.J. Holmes asks civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton what he thinks ahead of Sharpton's "March for Jobs and Justice" in Washington.
As a 40 year veteran of the civil rights movement and student of marches. I too agree with Rev. Sharpton in that marches of any kind in history have never beeen designed to actually "solve" problems but to call attentiion to major problems that were and are to be addressed by those with the power to do so. Dr. King led marches, but followed by specifc public policy recommendation to remedy the problems like the Voting Rights Act and Public Accommodation Bills on the one hand and on the poor communities hand he started program like Operation Breadbasket, where he challenged Blacks and the poor to use their respective conumer spending power to invest in their own community financial institutions to develop their own community businesses, institutions and jobs. And that should follow the next stage of these current marches for public policies to create and a resstablishment of Dr. King's community economic empowerment programs that were a major part of his War On Poverty.
As usual, nothing Sharpton ever says makes any sense. Yet the liberal media hang on every word as though it was the absolute truth.
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