March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Political Rally Widely credited with helping to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act (1965), the March on Washington was one of America's most defining moments of political action by citizens. On Wednesday August 28, 1963, more than a quarter of a million people came to the nation's capital to march, listen to music — Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan and Marian Anderson were some of the performers — and hear speeches about civil rights, employment and economic empowerment. Planned by A. Phillip Randolph, the president of the Negro American Labor Council, it also marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Many best remember the March on Washington as the occasion where Martin Luther King delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream" speech. To honor the 50th anniversary of the March, on Aug. 24, 2013, a march was held in Washington, D.C. 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Landmark Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

BET.com recaps the powerful words behind Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the historic March on Washington rally in 1963.

News: A March With Demands: Justice for All

Families join forces to demand an end to police violence. (12/14/2014)

This Day in Black History: Aug. 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois died in Ghana, West Africa, on Aug. 27, 1963.

This Day in Black History: March 24, 1912

Civil rights activist Dorothy Height was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 24, 1912.

News: Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis is a trailblazer for justice. (2/1/2014)

This Day in Black History: Jan. 20, 1961

Mahalia Jackson performed at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball on Jan. 20, 1961.
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