Witnesses to History: Spectators reflect on attending the ’63 March on Washington
In the summer of 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom attracted an estimated 250,000 attendees and participants.
Here are the reflections of a few of those thousands, who were witnesses to what many call a game-changing moment in the civil rights movement.
It was, at the time, the largest protest in the history of the nation’s capital, and one without any reported incidents or arrests. It would catapult Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to national prominence, in part through the seminal delivery of his “I Have a Dream” speech. For eyewitnesses to this historic oratory, the march was additionally an opportunity to hopefully turn the tide of social justice in American society.
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