March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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Fifty-two years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to over 250,000 people. They were in Washington D.C., to participate in what would be one of the largest political rallies in the United States of America. The call for civil and economic rights for African-Americans was strong with several people arriving by chartered buses, trains, and airplanes to attend the event. Several of celebrities had participated in the march to show the need for change. Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan were just among some of those who, like many other Americans, took time to go. Planned in only two months by Bayard Rustin with a limited budget, the march was a success and the call for change happened. Although, it did not happen over night, fifty-two years ago today many Americans traveled to show support for the civil rights for all American citizens regardless of who they are.

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5 thoughts on “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

  1. Casey says:

    Thanks for sharing this! He’s one of my son’s favorite historical characters. We were at a doctors appointment and a young African American man came in—a pharmacy salesman dressed in a suit, long overcoat and fedora-type hat. My son, then 6, exclaimed loudly, “Look mama, it’s Dr. King!” 🙂
    He was sad when I explained that the young man was not MLK.

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