October 14, 2004 marked the 25th anniversary of The National March On Washington For Lesbian & Gay Rights. It was the first national Gay March in the United States. A few acknowledged this historic event but it came, and went, largely unnoticed.
So begins Sidney Brinkley's piece for BlackLight Online. Brinkley is the current and founding editor for the publication which is celebrating 25 years. More from his commentary:
Twenty-five years later some of those radicals are now moderates. Some became Republicans. Others got religion and a few even got rich. And now the only thing they're about are marriage and mortgages, while lawyers and executive directors with six-figure incomes run the show.
While shuffling through the photos of the March and Third World Conference - Black history beautifully documented by photographers Sharon Farmer and Leigh Mosley , "Thank You" - I was struck by how young everyone was. How earnest. How angry!
My favorite photo is the one of the Black family on their way to church who waved as the marchers passed. A close second is the last photo on the page. Its message is just as important today, maybe more so.
Posted by ronn at November 20, 2004 10:32 AM