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March on Washington

March on Washington

Wednesday, Aug. 28th 1963 at 12am

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW

Washington, DC

The March On Washington...

Today, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. On Aug, 28th, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr marched a quarter of a million people near the Lincoln memorial to fight for the right to be free from all segregation and discrimination against blacks. It wasn't just regular blacks from the neighborhood Movie stars, singers came and entertained the people. Throughout the day preachers and politicians came to speak to the crowd and the last speaker of the march was Martin Luther King Jr. He had a speech down and ready ,but instead he spoke from the heart, he said "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. . . 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. . . when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from. . . every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hand and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank god almighty, we are free at last!"...