A daughter reflects on her mother’s civil rights legacy following 60th anniversary of March on Washington

August 31, 2023
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Retired Denver judge Dianne Briscoe with some of the people she met at the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

We recently spoke with retired Denver County Court Judge Dianne Briscoe about her plans to travel to Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington; a journey she took in honor of her mother, civil rights activist, Ruth Cousins Denny who attended the original march in 1963.

Judge Dianne Briscoe holds a photo of her mother, Ruth C. Denny. Aug. 24, 2023.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Judge Dianne Briscoe holds a photo of her mother, Ruth C. Denny. Aug. 24, 2023.

The event is widely considered a hallmark of the American civil rights movement, and of course it’s also where famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream" speech, arguably one of the most famous speeches in history.

Judge Briscoe is back in Colorado and joined Chandra Thomas Whitfield with an update on all that she experienced during the anniversary festivities and mementos of her mother's own legacy of civil rights.

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Photos of Ruth C. Denny in her role as a teacher, which her daughter, Judge Dianne Briscoe, saved as part of a larger collection of Denny's legacy. Aug. 24, 2023.