|Date||August 28, 1963|
|Also known as||March on Washington|
|Participants||200,000 to 300,000 (estimated 250,000)|
|Litigation||Civil Rights Act of 1964; Voting Rights Act|
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington“, as styled in a sound recording released after the event, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C..Thousands of Americans headed to Washington on Tuesday August 27, 1963. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called for an end to racism.
And here is one of the greatest performances ever Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech:
The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations, under the theme “jobs, and freedom”. Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 to 300,000; it is widely accepted that approximately 250,000 people participated in the march. Observers estimated that 75–80% of the marchers were black.
The march is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and motivating the Selma to Montgomery marches which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965).
Bob Dylan’s performance
Washington, District Of Columbia
28 August 1963
March On Washington (Washington Rights March)
- When The Ship Comes In
- Blowin’ In The Wind
- Only A Pawn In Their Game
- Keep Your Eyes On The Prize (Len Chandler)
1 Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica & vocal)., Joan Baez (guitar & vocal).
2 Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal).
4 Len Chandler (guitar & vocal), Bob Dylan, Joan Baez (guitar & backup vocal) and possibly Gil Turner (guitar).
Here is a video including song 1, 3 & 4:
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