50 years later: Minneapolis march to close the gap


“The urgency of now” is one of the messages that Minneapolis school board member Tracine Asberry, one of the organizers of the August 24 event, hoped people would take away from the March to Close the Gap, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The Minneapolis event was coordinated by members of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Park committee.  The occasion began with a series of speeches and prayers, some from Minnesota residents who were participants of the 1963 D.C. march.  

“The theme is March to Close the Gaps,” explained Dr. Tracine Asberry, an organizer for the event working in partnership with the Legacy Council, “based on the gaps in employment, in education, in housing and gaps in voter rights.”  

The march began at Sabathani Community Center and concluded at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Park where a jazz festival was held.  During the year prior, Dr. Asberry and the Legacy Council held a march to create awareness on voter id laws being pushed forward.  The park had previously been designated as Nicollet field until renamed in 1968 following the assassination of the iconic civil rights leader.


Reporting for this article supported in part by Bush Foundation.