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Bayard Rustin and the March on Washington: March on Washington

Celebrating Quaker activist Bayard Rustin and his leadership as an organizer of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington.

March on Washington

Official Program for the 1963 March on Washington

Articles by Freedom Movement Veterans

(includes links to text of key speeches)

March on Washington

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

Perhaps best known as the event where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have A Dream" speech, the 1963 March on Washington was one of the largest organized protest rallies with over 250,000 people converging on Washington, DC, to call for justice and civll rights.  The march brought together a coalition of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations working towards common goals with a focus on jobs and justice in light of the culture of discrimination in the United States.  The success of the event is credited with encouraging passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act

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