At The Cochran Firm DC, we would like to take this moment to recognize the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Tomorrow, August 28th, marks the 50th anniversary of the march. In 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The storied event, which was attended by 200,000 to 300,000 people, acted as a catalyst for the 1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Tomorrow, the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place at the Lincoln Memorial from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This event caps a weeklong series of seminars, round table discussions on poverty and economic issues, and local prayer services. President Obama will speak at this final event, along with former Presidents Clinton and Carter. Others scheduled to be present include Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, and Forest Whittaker.
Johnnie Cochran, the founder of The Cochran Firm, was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement and everything the March on Washington stood for. Immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Cochran was among the first 24 black students enrolled in Los Angeles High School. He later went on to attend UCLA for university and Loyola Law School Los Angeles. In the 1990s, his firm’s brochure stated in boldface type on the front page that “each lawyer in the firm has literally adopted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s maxim that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
It was Johnnie Cochran’s dream to bring equal justice to all Americans who suffered due to the wrongdoing of other people, corporations, and governmental entities. At The Cochran Firm DC, we strongly support not only all activities commemorating the historic March on Washington but its underlying message of equal justice for all.