Despite being on the program, representatives from both the Dream Defenders and United We Dream were not allowed to speak at yesterday’s “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Both the Dream Defenders, whose actions we’ve covered before, and the undocumented youth movement of which United We Dream is a part are known for direct action tactics (not dissimilar to those undertaken by Dr. King, a recipient of much of the March on Washington honors). Dream Defenders’ Phillip Agnew is calling for people to publish their own speeches on social media:
“This is about more than the speech,” said Agnew. “It’s about the voices of hundreds of thousands of people across the country that have been silenced for too long. Our generation’s dreams have been deferred for too long. While the words spoken amidst the pillars of the Lincoln Memorial yesterday may have reverberated throughout the nation, the actions, energy and love of the rising generation will resound in history books for centuries to come, like those of giants before us.”
Watch Agnew’s incredible two-minute speech, record your own two-minute video, and post with the hashtag #OurMarch. If any commenters are able to make a transcript from the video, please leave it in comments.