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August 2013 What's Happening @ LWLC : March on Washington 1963

March on Washington Anniversary


The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage. It was during this march, that Dr. Martin Luther King, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, gave his "I Have A Dream" speech.

"I Have A Dream"

The high point of the March on Washington was Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech. The speech calls for an end to racism by articulating Dr. King's dreams of freedom and equality. Per a 1999 poll of 137 scholars of public address conducted by researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University, this speech is the top American public speech of the 20th century. Copyright is held by the King family.

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