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1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Provide assistance researching the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Martin Luther King's - March on Washington

The purpose of this guide is to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and assist with civil rights movement research.


"A great people which had created a great civilization had become a nation of silent onlookers.  They remained silent in the face of hate, in the face of brutality and in the face of mass murder.  America must not become a nation of onlookers.  America must not remain silent.  Not merely black America, but all of America." -Rabbi Joachim Prinz at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  August 28, 1963

I have a dream. picture of martin luther king, jr.

The march held on August 28, 1963 "was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. At the march, Martin Luther King Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in which he called for an end to racism."

-Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963  Kanopy




The march was organized by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, who built an alliance of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations that came together under the banner of "jobs and freedom." The march was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history.  Kanopy

  • Interview with John Lewis

    23-year-old John Lewis raised his voice to a crowd of more than 200,000 people at a protest march that would come to represent "the best of America." PBS NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill talks to the congressman about what motivated him to become a young civil rights leader and the current state of civil rights and equality in America. Films on Demand

  • A. Philip Randolph : For Jobs and Freedom

    A biography of the labor, activist, and pioneer civil rights leader who organized the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led the fight to desegregate the military and defense industries, and planted the seeds for the 1963 March on Washington. Films on Demand

  • The March (Doc)

    This film goes behind the scenes to reveal what it took to stage such an event - the forgotten stories that became a catalyst for the march; the fierce opposition the organizers faced from the US government; the efforts of civil rights activists across America to raise funds; and the involvement of big Hollywood names who brought 'glamour' to this solemn call for equality. Academic Video Online

  • The Civil Rights Movement

    A part of the series America in the 20th Century. Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement began and ended with Martin Luther King Jr. will discover a new, eye-opening view of history in this program. It reveals a long-running struggle for racial equality starting with Civil War– and Reconstruction-era events, moving through the blight of Jim Crow and the formation of the NAACP and other groups, and depicting the drama of King’s movement in varied, evolving phases. Films on Demand

  • I Have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Jr. This historical compilation features highlights of major speeches given by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. An up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, this film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.

Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores how social networks formed the cultural, economic and political foundation of the Civil Rights Movement which would transform America’s race relations.


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