August 28th in African American History – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

March on Washington for Jobs and FreedomAugust 28, 1963 More than 250,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. by marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

The march was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, James Farmer, president of the Congress of Racial Equality, John Lewis, president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Martin Luther King, Jr. , president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Roy Wilkins, president of the NAACP, and Whitney Young, president of the National Urban League.

At the Lincoln Memorial King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, first delivered in Detroit on June 23, 1963. The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the National Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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