December 1, 2020

Today in History: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Signs carried by many marchers, during the March on Washington, 1963

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on this day in 1963. Around a quarter million people participated in this non-violent demonstration for civil rights seeking, among other things, equal access to public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, the right to vote, and job training. The six primary organizers and organizations for the March were: James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Reverend Martin Luther King, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), John Lewis, Chairman of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), A. Philip Randolph, President of the Negro American Labor Organization, Roy Wilkins, Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Whitney Young, Executive Director of the Urban League. Learn more about this momentous day by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below to access primary sources and deepen your understanding of putting civics into action.

A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington online exhibition

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March on Washington images

Final Plans for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom booklet

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Organizing Manual No. 1

1963 historical newspaper coverage of the March on Washington

March on Washington oral history mentions Civil Rights History Project

H.Res.352 – 108th Congress (2003-2004): Remembering and honoring the March on Washington of August 28, 1963

The March on Washington Civil Rights History Project article

March on Washington primary source set Smithsonian

Library blog posts

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