DATE OF ORIGINAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON
AUGUST 28, 1963
“I knew I had been at an important event, and that the racial needle had moved in my direction.”-Julian Bondon reflection of 50 years ago at The March onWashington.
“The march, now celebrated largely because of the dramatic speech made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was more contentious than most recall. The organization I worked for then, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was one of the march’s sponsors; SNCC’s Chairman, John Lewis, now a Georgia congressman, and the surviving presenter of the march, was scheduled to give a speech that was censored by the Kennedy administration. The administration, reflecting the racist paranoia of the times and anxious at the prospect…
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One of my earliest memories is meeting my maternal great-grandmother, Hannah Doctor. My mother whispered in her presence that she had been a slave. (I did not know what a slave was at the time.) I wondered why my very old relative looked so tired, so spent. She looked like she didn’t have the energy to even speak. She did not speak. I was only allowed to see her briefly. Much later, my Mother returned home to bury her. May God bless Hannah Doctor and her lineage. —GoodOleWoody
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1963 ARC Identifier 49737 / Local Identifier 306.3394. Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. People walking up sidewalk; gathering on Mall, standing, singing. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, crowd gathered on the Mall. People marching with signs, many men wearing UAW hats. People at speakers podium, men with guitars. Crowds outside of the White House, sign: The Catholic University of America. Band, people marching down street. Many signs, including All D.C. wants to vote! Home Rule for DC; Alpha Phi Alpha; and Woodstock Catholic Seminary for Equal Rights. Lincoln Memorial with crowds gathered around reflecting pool. People singing and clapping at speakers platform. Signs, people clapping. Man speaking, woman playing guitar and singing at podium. More speakers and shots of the crowd. A chorus, NAACP men in crowd. Close-ups of people in crowd with bowed heads. Shots taken from above of White House. More speakers, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands. U.S. Information Agency. (1982 – 10/01/1999) Made possible by a donation from Public.Resource.Org.
MAY GOD BLESS TODAY’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON