, Salem, MA


August 29, 2013

Column: Marblehead, METCO and the March on Washington


Me, too, I told him.

So, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, I was at the Lincoln Memorial with my fellow Americans, listening to our first black president speak in the same place that MLK stood 50 years ago.

I’m hoping that in a city where rancorous partisanship often gets in the way of progress, this moment of coming together can strengthen our efforts to create a more just state for all. It would be nice to think that in another 50 years, our kids and grandkids won’t still be dealing with this unfinished business.


Richard Harris, a Marblehead native, has worked for ABC News, “Nightline,” NPR and PBS. He was a reporter/intern at The Salem News in the summers of 1973 and ’74. This article originally appeared on, the PBS website for baby boomers, and is reprinted with permission.

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