Today, August 28, 2013 commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Also known as the march for jobs and freedom. It took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963 and was 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. On the day of the march, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I have A Dream” speech. The March was organized by civil rights leaders, labor unions, and religious organizations; it was extensively credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
As mentioned, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was one of the speakers, but there was many other prominent speakers, singers, actors and athletes involved in the historical event. On August 28, 2013, thousands of people will again march for jobs and freedom in Washington, D.C., because it is a very critical time regarding jobs and freedom. Coincidentally, we will celebrate Labor Day on September 2nd, just 5 days after the March on Washington. Dr. King worked tirelessly for job fairness for those who could not speak for themselves. Union members were very supportive of the march of 1963. Union members are also participating in the March of 2013.
This past weekend there was extensive media coverage of the 2013 March on Washington, including social media. I enjoyed listening to speakers from all walks of life. Today, people from across this country will converge on the nation capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March on Washington, President Obama will deliver the speech, joining him will be Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
For more details about the March on Washington past and present, you can find these books at SJCPL. When you visit the library, take a look at the Labor Day display located on the first floor of the Main Library.