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March on Washington

Introduction

On 28 August 1963, more than 200,000 demonstrators took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in the nation’s capital. The march was successful in pressuring the administration of John F. Kennedy to initiate a strong federal civil rights bill in Congress. During this event, Martin Luther King delivered his memorable "I Have a Dream" speech.

Documents

Document: Program, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 28 August 1963

Document: King, Martin Luther, Jr. "I Have a Dream," Address delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,  28 August 1963

Document: Lewis, John (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). Press release, “Text of speech to be delivered at Lincoln Memorial,” 28 August 1963