Today marked “the 50th anniversary of the largest public demonstration in American history — when a quarter of a million people gathered on the National Mall to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak about his dream of a better, more equal America.”, as published by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Business Sense subscriber service.
The article continued, “The date was August 28, 1963, and the event, of course, was the March on Washington, or as it was officially titled, the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Although now commonly referred to without those four additional words, they are highly significant; the opportunity to pursue work free of discrimination is one of the most basic tenets of equality.
That day set the wheels in motion for significant progress on civil rights in America — for not only African Americans, but also other groups, including people with disabilities. In fact, in ensuing years, disability rights leaders looked to the civil rights movement for guidance as they too fought for equality, in employment and all other aspects of community life. The outcome of their efforts was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Although most small business owners understand the purpose of the ADA, not all may know how it applies to their hiring and employment practices. To help, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) offers The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Primer for Small Businesses, and the ODEP-funded Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides free, personal guidance on job accommodations — a key component of the ADA’s employment provisions.”
KRA Corporation will never forget that Jobs and Freedom was integral to the March’s original title, and its goals and objectives for all Americans. We value the knowledge, skills, and abilities of all qualified people, and believe that all businesses must do their part, not just to keep Dr. King’s dream alive, but to make it thrive in creating an America workforce system “where all people who want to work can work and are recognized for the contributions they make.”