The March on Washington

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  • In March of 1963, Asa Philip Randolph, Chairman of the Negro American Labor Council, telegraphed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that the NALC was planning a jobs march in Washington D.C. later in the year.
  • King joined Randolph in the planning of the march, and after notifying President Kennedy, set the march date for August 28th.
  • On August 28th, 250,000 people, black or white, participated in the march. Assembling outside the Lincoln Memorial, they waited to hear Dr. King's speech, a speech that will go down in history as one of his most famous.
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character!
  • Philips and King later met President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson. Although Kennedy would later be assassinated, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 would began to be drafted.
  • King's philosophy of non-violent protest has been followed successfully in other countries, whether its the Solidarity protests in Communist Poland or the LGBT movement in the US.
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