I can only imagine the logistical nightmare of trying to decide who got to speak at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, yesterday, from the many folks who must have wanted nothing more. But it seems ironic that a few minutes allocated to the Dream Defenders were cut.
Rather than view this as a snub, however, Philip Agnew and the Dream Defenders present us instead with a challenge and an opportunity to keep moving forward with the conversation, to march on.
Follow me below the fold for Agnew's response, his speech, his two minutes -- dreams that cannot be deferred any longer.
The Dream Defenders released this video today, with an explanation of what happened, and with a call for a conversation.
Our generation's dreams have been deferred too long. We don't need a mic. The time is NOW.
We ask that YOU record your own video with hashtag #OurMarch - what did the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington mean to you? Why do you march every day? For who?
Use #OurMarch along with #MarchOn and #MOW50. Tweet your responses. Let's have our own conversation.
Although I've read at Colorlines and The Root about this unfortunate scheduling cut yesterday, Agnew chose not to follow that line of attack.
Agnew declined to characterize it as a snub: "It's definitely a disappointment. It was a little moment of panic there, trying to figure out what was going on. But I'm fine. I'm fine. This is a moment I'll never forget. I still got to speak at a march on Washington. Not too many people can say they had two opportunities."
It's an interesting idea, what would you do with two minutes to speak there? The Dream Defenders have given their answer.
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