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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the most recognized speeches in American history, the “I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of more than 250,000 plus people. Protestors marched on the nation’s capital to demanded passage of meaningful civil rights legislation; the elimination of racial segregation in public schools; protection for demonstrators against police brutality; a major public-works program to provide jobs; the passage of a law prohibiting racial discrimination in public and private hiring; a $2 an hour minimum wage; and self-government for the District of Columbia, which had a black majority.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the speech the Blair-Caldwell Library will show the one hour documentary, Martin Luther King "I Have A Dream" throughout the day. Free and Open to the Public
Show times: 1p, 3p, 5p, and 7p
Interested in finding out more information about the March on Washington or the "I Have a Dream" speech? Check out the library's many resources.
Also visit OneDream for a behind the scenes look at the night before the March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s advisors offered their opinion on what message he should deliver. But he had other plans….and as they say the rest is history.