1963 March on Washington: 50th Anniversary

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On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington”, took place. It was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

At this historical event, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony during the march. This march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations, under the theme “jobs, and freedom”. It has reported that the number of participants varied from 200,000 to 300,000 people.

This month, the 50th Anniversary Coalition for Jobs Justice and Freedom has announced plans for a 7 day commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this historic event from August 21-28, 2013 on the National Mall.

Sources: 50th Anniversary Coalition for Jobs Justice and Freedom. Wikipedia
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