March On Washington Commemorates 50th Anniversary [VIDEO]
I am old enough to remember watching the March On Wasington on this day in 1963 on television. I didn’t know at the time, that the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be embedded into America’s history as one of the most memorable of the 20th century.
Here’s more on The March On Washington, according to Wikipedia:
“The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington”, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. 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.
Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 to 300,000.
The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).”
If you never saw or heard Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech”, here is a brief video excerpt. If you want to know more about the March On Washington and how the phrase “I have a dream” ended up in the speech, even though those words weren’t written in the text, check out the cover story in the latest edition of Time Magazine.