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Gloria Steinem's words capture the spirit of this event: "At my age, in this still hierarchical time, people often ask me if I'm 'passing the torch.' I explain that I'm keeping my torch, thank you very much...and I'm using it to light the torches of others. Because only if each of us has a torch will there be enough light."
The Congress for Racial Equality pioneered sit-ins and other non violent strategies to win equal treatment for all since its origins in 1947. In honor of the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- a direct result of the brave protests of civil rights workers -- we feature this exhibit about a CORE organizer sharing a selection of memories and materials -- "Civil Rights History Walks Into a Classroom."
The first Labor Day parade may have been in 1882, but the issues are shockingly current: equal pay for women, better treatment of immigrants, no child labor, an eight hour day. The vision endures—to unite working people, to push for a more equitable society in a more peaceful world. Remarkably, Union Square remains a central, resonant place for protest--have you been lately?