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RST: March on Washington 50 years later; Cigar box guitar festival

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 22, 2013 3:23 PM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk, Friday, August 23, 2013:

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On August 28, 1963, some 250 thousand demonstrators were part of the March on Washington.  Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of what is one of, if not, the largest civil rights gatherings in the nation's history.

Many Americans remember it for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic I Have A Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but often forget about the specific goals of the March.

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Photo by Scott LaMar/witf

They included encouraging Congress to pass civil rights legislation, eliminate racial segregation in public schools, protection against police brutality, jobs, prohibition of discrimination in public and private hiring, and a two dollar-an-hour minimum wage.

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Photo by Scott LaMar/witf

Friday's Radio Smart Talk will feature three Central Pennsylvanians who marched on Washington: Stanley Lawson, president of the Greater Harrisburg NAACP,  Jessica Butler-Grant, a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP from Harrisburg, and Rev. Dr. Willamae Williams, Pastor of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church and part of the Interdenominational Ministers Conference of Greater Harrisburg.

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Stanley Lawson, president of the Greater Harrisburg NAACP, Jessica Butler-Grant, a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP from Harrisburg

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We'll wrap up the week on a fun note by learning about the 4th Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival that will held at the York Emporium and Curiosity Shop Saturday.  Two musicians and the author of the book One Man's Trash -- A History of the Cigar Box Guitar will be with us.  One thing we can be sure of is that they'll jam on the program.

Listen to today's show:

After joining us on Radio Smart Talk, cigar box guitarists William ("Bill") J. Jehle, Justin Johnson and Glenn Kaiser headed into witf's studio for a jam session. Below are three videos from the jam session.

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