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This blog carnival was updated twice on Thursday, August 29th, 2013.

Introduction by the members of the MomsRising Education Fund Board of Directors:

Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance

Barbara Arnwine, President & Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Joan Blades, Co-Founder of, and Living Room Conversations

Julene Pérez-Gónzalez, Vice President of Business Development and Education at Hispanics in Philanthropy

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Co-Founder and Executive Director / CEO of

"We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice." –Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream”, August 28th, 1963

August 28th marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical “I Have a Dream” speech. Not only is this a time for celebration, it's also a time to reflect on the work ahead of us to fulfill Dr. King’s vision for social justice, equal economic opportunity, and racial healing.

It is in this spirit that we present to you this blog carnival, “Moms Get Real About Race in America: A MomsRising Blog Carnival in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington." In the text below you will see a series of writings by mothers of all backgrounds sounding off on issues of race, equal economic opportunity, and justice. Please do take a moment to read the below, to comment on the blogs and share what this historical date means to you, and to share these blog posts with your social media networks.

Together we are a powerful force for all women and families in our country. Thanks for stopping by today!

Contributing Writers:

Celebrate Women's Equality Day – Support Equal Pay Today!

Angelique Roche,
The Politics of Splitting Pills

Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

Beth Messersmith,
The Social Justice Movement Emerging in North Carolina

Carrie Smith, For All the Children
What About Trayvon Martin’s, Oscar Grant’s and Marissa Alexander's Civil Rights?

Carolyn Edgar, Carolyn Edgar: Notes of a Lawyer, Writer, and Single Mom
What Does the March on Washington Mean Today?

Charlie Rose,
Just jobs?

Dara Cooper, Truthout
Criminalization, Race and Food Access in a Time of Hyper-Afrophobia

Debra Ness, National Partnership for Women & Families
A Day to Remember: A March that Must Continue

Diana Limongi, LadydeeLG blog
Race: Kids show us there is optimism, but parents must play a role.

Elisa Batista,
50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March An Inspiration To Advance Humane Immigration Reform

Emma Akpan, ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Black Girl Proud

Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center
This 50th Anniversary I'm Ready To Work

Jennifer Harvey, Living Formations
For Whites (Like Me): On White Kids

Julie Ajinkya , PoliticalPregnancy

All New Mothers Endowed Equally?

Julie Nelson, Bicultural Mama
Wise Words from Daughter about Adopted Korean Brother

Katie Benson , American Association of University Women
What Does Race Have to Do with a Woman’s Salary? A Lot.

Kimberly Seals Allers , Mocha Manual
Eliminating Infant Health Disparities is the Realization of The Dream

Laura Murphy , ACLU
The March on Washington Through a Child’s Eyes

Linda Meric ,
On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington -- It's Time for All of Us to Keep on Marching

Lisalyn Jacobs , Legal Momentum
Fifty Years On: Toward a Politics of Inclusivity

Meredith Tweed , Find Myranda Southern
Missing Mother, Whiteness, and the Search for Justice

Nina Perez ,
Mami would put her two cents in about your seguro de salud if she knew about it

Priscilla Huang, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Affordable Care Act a Great Stride Towards Racial Justice

Rinku Sen,
Building a New Racial Justice Movement

Sili Recio, Mami Ink Media
#solidarityisforwhitewomen: Who holds your hands?

Vanessa Bell, De Su Mama
My Blinders Are Off: What Trayvon Taught Me About Parenting

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