The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will be the theme at the annual membership meeting of the St. Joseph unit of the NAACP on Thursday.

The event, titled “Still Standing for Civil Rights,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the upper-level community room of the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, 1904 N. Belt Highway.

Local residents Richard Lewin and the Rev. Dr. Bill Hedge will share their views about the lasting impact and the historical significance of the march. Both will be available afterward for questions.

More formally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the large gathering in the nation’s capital is best remembered as the scene of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It was held on Aug. 28, 1963.

Highlights of a video commemorating the anniversary, produced by the St. Joseph School District in partnership with the NAACP, will be shown. The full-length video will be ready for Black History Month in February.

In addition, Thursday’s program will have contemporary music and information about NAACP’s work in the community. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event, which ends at 8 p.m., contact Loes Hedge at (816) 279-5808 or at

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