Panel Discussion at UAC Reflects on 50th Anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

August 30, 2013

PHILADELPHIA - August 30, 2013 -- In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), along with UAC Program Partner Global Citizen/MLK365, held a reflection and panel discussion on the legacy of the March and the Civil Rights Movement on Thursday, August 29, 2013. The panel was held at the Urban Affairs Coalition, 1207 Chestnut Street and broadcast live on 900AM WURD. Free lunch was provided for attendees by Brown's Family Shoprite.

Audience members included WURD listeners, Coalition employees and program partners, members of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Urban League of Philadelphia. UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner opened the reflection and panel discussion by reflecting on the historical events of 1963. Darisha Miller, President of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society, a UAC Program Partner, joined the discussion reflecting on her experience of attending the 50th anniversary of the march and she encouraged the young and older generations to work together to effect change.

The panelists which included Todd Bernstein, President of Global Citizen/MLK365, Wayne Jacobs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ex-Offenders for Community Empowerment, Elicia Gonzales, GALAEI Executive Director, and UAC Human Resources Intern & 2013 University of the Arts Graduate Kayla Gray each reflected on the question: How has America Changed in the past fifty years since Dr. King's dream: of social justice and equality for all? How has Dr. King's life and legacy affected you and what more do we need to accomplish to become the nation Dr. King envisioned?

Audience members also had the opportunity to share their experiences about attending the march and reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. UAC and Global Citizen/MLK365 aim to make a difference by continuing the conversation about race and to continue fighting for social equality for all people. The event received media exposure from 900AM WURD, the Philadelphia Tribune, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Channel 6 ABC.

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About the Urban Affairs Coalition  

The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. UAC acts as a fiscal sponsor to strengthen nonprofit organizations and provide economic opportunity to low-income households, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.

About Global Citizen/MLK365

Global Citizen is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civic engagement, community volunteering, civic responsibility, and sustained active citizenship among diverse groups. Through their MLK365 program, Global Citizen coordinates the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation, and promotes year-round citizen action that continues Dr. King's legacy of non-violence, social justice, and equality.

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Felicia Harris
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Urban Affairs Coalition


Todd Bernstein
Global Citizen/MLK365