The March on Washington: Then and Now

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  • You Had to Be There
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Rep. John Conyers (Michigan)
  • Rep. John Conyers (Michigan)
  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina)
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (New York)
  • Julian Bond
  • Rep. Charles Rangel (New York)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)
  • Julian Bond
  • Wade Henderson

Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)

I was deeply moved to see that sea of humanity. Individuals wanted to get as close to the Lincoln Memorial as possible, but it was impossible because there were so many people.  Back in 1963, there were more trees on the [National] Mall. And many of the young men, black and white, got up in the trees to get a better view of the podium. And when I got there, and I turned and looked back, it was just amazing to see the crowd.

(Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)

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