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50th anniversary of the March on Washington (18 pictures + “I have a dream” speech)

The Great March on Washington 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. Wednesday, August 28, 1963 – 50 years ago today. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony during the march and it is still considered to be, arguably, the greatest speech in American history for helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). [source]


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Paul Schutzer—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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Leonard Freed—Magnum

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National Archive and Records Administration

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National Archive/Newsmakers

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