Celebrating 50th Anniversary March on Washington

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  1. Footage from the 1963 March on Washington. …

    Scenes from Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., August 1963. People walking up sidewalk; gathering on Mall, standing, singing. Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, crowd gathered on the Mall. People marching with signs, many men wearing UAW hats. People at speakers podium, men with guitars. Crowds outside of the White House, sign: The Catholic University of America. Band, people marching down street. Many signs, including All D.C. wants to vote! Home Rule for DC; Alpha Phi Alpha; and Woodstock Catholic Seminary for Equal Rights. Lincoln Memorial with crowds gathered around reflecting pool. People singing and clapping at speakers platform. Signs, people clapping. Man speaking, woman playing guitar and singing at podium. More speakers and shots of the crowd. A chorus, NAACP men in crowd. Close-ups of people in crowd with bowed heads. Shots taken from above of White House. More speakers, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Women at podium singing We Shall Overcome. Crowd swaying, singing, holding hands.

  2. Ametia says:


    this video was from March 2013.

    I’m looking for video of Asean’s speech from Saturday, 8-24-13.

  3. yahtc says:

    photos from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington:


  4. rikyrah says:

    ‘This is Trayvon Martin in reverse, only worse,’ right-wingers say
    Adam Serwer, @adamserwer
    12:51 PM on 08/22/2013

    Conservative media have seized on the killing of an Australian student in Oklahoma by three local teenagers as racially motivated.

    Twenty-two year old Christopher Lane, a student at East Central University, was shot dead in Duncan, Okla., on Aug. 16. Lane’s death has drawn national attention because the teenage suspects allegedly told police that they shot him because they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do.” Many Australian press reports have have focused on the easy availability of firearms in the United States.

    Conservative media however, have honed in on the argument that the three suspects are black and the victim is white. In fact, one of the suspects is white, an official from the Stephens County District Attorney’s office told MSNBC Wednesday. “That is not the case,” the official said when asked whether all three suspects were black. “One is black, one is half-black half-white, the other is white.” Conservative media appear to have relied on an erroneous report in the Australian media about the identity of the suspects. Right-wing outlets have since singled out tweets from one of the suspects that include derogatory language aimed at white people.


    Much of the initial public outrage regarding Martin’s shooting had to do with the lack of charges against Zimmerman. Unlike the suspects in the Oklahoma shooting, Zimmerman was not initially charged with any crime. Martin was shot in February of 2012; Zimmerman was initially let go by Sanford police based on lack of evidence and not charged until April. According to the charging document filed by local prosecutors in Oklahoma, the three suspects were found and apprehended hours after Lane’s death and charged the next day.

    Martin’s death left many in the black community feeling that Martin had been profiled based on race, something Zimmerman has denied doing, and that the initial failure to arrest Zimmerman was based on a sense that Martin’s life was not valued because he was black. If incorrect, that feeling is nevertheless motivated by centuries of American history that include chattel slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. “I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” Obama said shortly after Zimmerman was acquitted.

    On the one hand, that prism includes a history of institutionalized racism against black people that went on for most of the republic’s existence. On the other, Obama’s been president for five years and conservatives don’t like him much. In some corners of the parallel universe of conservative media and talk radio, these experiences are roughly equivalent narratives of harrowing racial oppression, except we haven’t overcome the latter yet.


  5. Yahtc says:

  6. Liza says:

    Great pictures from 1963. I think that my favorite pictures of MLK Jr. are from this day in August of 1963. He looks happy, maybe because of the huge turnout, maybe because he knew that he was about to deliver a moment of truth to the entire nation, that this would indeed be the tipping point. I’m always struck by how young he was.

  7. Yahtc says:

    What I witnessed today from listening to the speakers and watching the marcher was a strong resolve to stand up and to speak out against injustice and inequality. Nobody, but nobody, will ever allow the clock to be turned back! I saw STRENGTH. They will see to it that their voices are heard:

    The more you refuse to hear my voice
    The louder I will sing
    You hide behind walls of Jericho
    Your lies will come tumbling
    Deny my place in time
    You squander wealth that’s mine
    My light will shine so brightly
    It will blind you
    Cos there’s something inside so strong……

  8. Yahtc says:

  9. MOW - Jahvaris on steps of the Lincoln Memorial

    Jahvaris on steps of the Lincoln Memorial

    • Yahtc says:


      Thank you for posting this picture of Jahvaris.

      Black and white photo……. hard-stone, steep steps behind him leading to Lincoln……his brother on his shirt……stone steps leading down to the crowd supporting equal justice and an end to profiling

      Sobering photo

    • Ametia says:

      What’s happening? I’m back from a picnic.

      • Yahtc says:

        First tell me what was on the menu. :) LOL !

      • Yahtc says:


        Fabulous speeches today + great crowd with great signs.

        You know, it is VERY fortunate that the 50th anniversary with its political platform occurred THIS year to ADDRESS everything that has been taking place this year with NC and other states trying to suppress the vote, the profiling and killing of Trayvon, the gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court, etc.

    • Ametia says:

      Great photo of Jahvaris. His profile is striking, and the pensive look just melts my heart. I know he misses Trayvon.


    People carry posters of Trayvon Martin (L) and US President Barack Obama with Martin Luther King Jr. while thousands of people gather to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I have a Dream” speech on August 24, 2013, near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

  11. 50th Anniversary Of Martin Luther King's March On Washington Commemorated In DC

    March On Washington- People arrive at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

  12. Dr. Martin Luther King: We will be the participants in a great building process that will make America a new nation.

    Dr. Martin Luther King: Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.

    Dr. Martin Luther King: Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so their children may eat.

  13. MOW- Scenes from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

    Scenes from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

  14. MOW- Justice4TrayvonMartin

    March On Washington- Justice4TrayvonMartin

    • Yahtc says:

      I enlarged the picture of this newspaper and see that it was published in Baltimore, MD.
      Do any of you know who the owner and the editor were at the time of this issue of the Afro American? Is the newspaper still being published?

    • Yahtc says:

      I enjoy reading old periodicals.

      I have runs from the 1960’s and 1970’s of “The Black Scholar”, “Freedomways” and “The Negro Digest /BlackWorld.”

      I just thought it might be interesting to try to find images or copies of “The Afro American” newspaper to read.

      Kudos to you, rikyrah, for finding the tweet with this newspaper.

  15. Yahtc says:

    Thanks for posting the speeches, Rikyrah.

    I want to carefully transcribe some excerpts from them.

    I was not able to transcribe accurately during the speeches. (You were good at transcribing, SG2!)

  16. MOW- Marchers commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington in Washington, DC.

    Marchers commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington in Washington, DC. During the March in 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (rear). Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images

  17. MOW- Actor Danny Glover arrives at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Actor Danny Glover arrives at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    • Yahtc says:

      Freedom Summer, the massive voter education project in Mississippi, was 1964. I graduated from high school in 1965. So becoming active was almost a rite of passage.
      – Danny Glover

      We have to be that wedge that drives the question and asks the hard questions.
      -Danny Glover

  18. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    Rev. Al Sharpton: “We had ID when we voted for Johnson. Why when we get to Obama do we need some special ID?!” #MOW50 #MLK #MLKDream50
    11:51 AM – 24 Aug 2013

  19. Eric Holder Terrifies Republicans By Vowing to Fight For the Vote at March on Washington.


    Attorney General Eric Holder sent a wave of terror through vote suppressing Republicans by vowing to fight for the right of all Americans to vote.

    Eric Holder’s remarks were heavy on remembering the history of the day, and honoring those brave Americans who stood up and fought against an unjust system for their right, but he also connected yesterday for today and committed himself to protecting the vote from those who seek to take it away.

    Holder said their march is our march and it must go on. Attorney General Holder said that the march must go on for gays, Latinos, African-Americans, the disabled and others. He said that we must remember all of those who stood up to racist governments and governors. The Attorney General said that without all of the people who stood up for civil rights he would not be Attorney General and Barack Obama would not be the president of the United States.

    Holder said, “Today we look at the work that remains unfinished…We want this nation to be all that it was designed to be and all that it can become.”

    The Attorney General said that until every eligible American has the right to vote unencumbered the struggle must go on. Holder also talked about the confrontation of special interest forces that are opposed to the common good.

    As much as Attorney General Holder gets criticized by some on the left, it is clear that he and President Obama are personally committed to stopping the Republican efforts across the country to suppress the vote. Republicans are determined to take “their country back” to Jim Crow era voter suppression.

    It is easy to see why Republicans both hate and fear Eric Holder. The Attorney General is committed to opposing their efforts to create a group of non-voting second class citizens. Today’s rally confirms that the election of Barack Obama wasn’t the end of the struggle for equality, but the beginning. The election of Obama unleashed a wave of racism on the right.

    The message of the thousands who have come to Washington, D.C. is that they are ready to fight, and Republicans now are seeing why their efforts to suppress the vote and deny equality are destined to fail.

    • Yahtc says:

      excerpt from Myrlie Evers-Williams speech:

      What are we doing today? Where have we come from? What has been accomplished, and where do we go from this point forward?

      I think of one theme that has been played over and over in the past few months. And, it is one that brings great controversy: STAND YOUR GROUND.

      We can think of standing your ground in the negative, but I’m (going to do?) today and flip that coin and make STAND YOUR GROUND a positive ring for all of us who believe in freedom, justice and equality. That we stand firm on the ground that we have already made, and be sure that nothing is taken away from us because there are efforts to turn back the clock of freedom. And, I ask you today, will you allow that to happen?
      Take the words STAND YOUR GROUND in a positive sense. Stand your ground in terms of fighting for justice and equality.

    • Yahtc says:

    • Yahtc says:

      excerpts from John Lewis’ speech:

      “So I say to you, my brothers and sisters, we cannot give up; we cannot give out; we cannot give in. We must get out there and push and pull. ”

      “I gave up blood on that bridge in Selma, Alabama for the right to vote. I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us. You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down. You’ve got to stand up, speak up, speak out, and get in the way. Make some noise.

      “The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society. And, we’ve got to use it.”

  20. rikyrah says:


    the photo album in this post is terrific. thank you for it, as well as the pics of the updates.

  21. MOW- Thousands of people line the reflecting pool on August 24, 2013, in Washington, DC (AFP, Paul J. Richards)2

    March On Washington- Thousands of people line the reflecting pool on August 24, 2013, in Washington, DC (AFP, Paul J. Richards)2″

  22. MOW- Thousands of people line the reflecting pool on August 24, 2013, in Washington, DC (AFP, Paul J. Richards)

    March On Washington- Thousands of people line the reflecting pool on August 24, 2013, in Washington, DC (AFP, Paul J. Richards)”

  23. MOW- Thousands line up near the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, 2013, to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (AFP, Paul J. Richards)

    March On Washington- Thousands line up near the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, 2013, to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (AFP, Paul J. Richards)”

  24. The crowd gathered for the rally at the Lincoln Memorial has begun their march. Live updates:
    http://wapo.st/17Tm29L #MarchonWashington

  25. Keep On Pushing

  26. The Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families are at the podium.

  27. Rev. Joseph Lowery speaking..

  28. Yahtc says:

    What is Charles Sherrod doing today? He also did so much during the civil rights era.

  29. Yahtc says:


  30. Yahtc says:

    Oh my gosh…..Rev. Joseph Lowry!

  31. Rev Al speaking…

  32. My sweet little parents hearts were rejoicing and so incredibly proud on this day 50 years ago.

    RIP Mama & Daddy! *still loves you*

  33. Martin Luther King III is speaking..

  34. Yahtc says:

    Lee Sauders

    “Let us take the spirit back and keep it alive!”

  35. MOW- A marcher holds a U.S. flag bearing the image of President Obama, Washington, August 24

    MOW- A marcher holds a U.S. flag bearing the image of President Obama, Washington, August 24″

  36. Congressman John Lewis is speaking!!!!!!!

    John Lewis

    Congressman John Lewis speaking at March on Washington 50th Anniversary

    • Congressman John Lewis: “There are people who want to take us back, we cannot go back. .we have come too far.”

      • Congressman John Lewis: “I spilled blood on that bridge in Selma for the right to vote. I’m not going to stand by & let the Supreme Court take away the right to vote”


        Yes, Lord!

    • Yahtc says:

      Cogressman John Lewis:

      “There are forces who want to take us back. We CANNOT go back”

      “We cannot wait we can not be patient we want our jobs and our rights!”

      “I am not going to stand back and let the Supreme Court take the Right to Vote away from us!!!”

      “The vote is precious, sacred! We’ve got to use it!”

  37. Myrlie Evers-Williams speaking..

    • Myrlie Evers-Williams: “Make ‘Stand Your Ground’ a positive ring for all of us who believe in freedom, justice and equality.”

    • Yahtc says:

      Myrlie Evers-Williams:

      “Take a negative and make a positive:
      STAND YOUR GROUND for justice freedom and equality!!”
      I” think of us as trees…the strength of a tree comes from its roots”
      “Bring up the young leaders!”
      “We have the roots of strength and power to turn things around!”

  38. Twitter

    CASH IT!

  39. Ametia says:

    AG Holder! Bring it, Mr. Eric Holder!!!

  40. Attorney General Eric Holder speaking…

  41. HD Stock Footage Civil Rights March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr.

  42. Yahtc says:

    Rep. Marcia Fudge:

    “Civil Rights is unfinished business.

    “We cannot turn back now or lose faith!

    “It is time to stand, say and march for civil rights”

  43. Ametia says:

    The photo gallery is MAGNIFICENT, SG2. Thank you sooooooo much! :-)

    YES WE CAN!!!

  44. Yahtc says:

    RISE UP!

    Love Mary Pat Hector of the Youth Movement!!

  45. March on Washington 50th anniversary

    March on Washington 50th anniversary

  46. 50 years later, we come together because the Dream must march on. MarchOnWashington

    50 years later, we come together because the Dream must march on. MarchOnWashington

  47. Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte at the 1963 March on Washington

    Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte at the 1963 March on Washington

    • Liza says:

      I like this picture of these two looking so handsome. I was a Harry Belafonte fan as far back as the 60s because one of my older sisters liked him and had his records. “Jamaica Farewell” is still a favorite of mine.

  48. Nina Turner  at the MarchOnWashington

    Nina Turner at the MarchOnWashington

  49. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez 1963 March on Washington

  50. Marchers at March on Washington anniversary name voting rights, education, economic parity as key issues:


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alice Long planned months ago to use vacation time to travel from Huntsville, Ala., to the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    Long, a NASA administrative assistant, brought along her grandchildren to give them a close-up view of African-American and civil rights history that she said isn’t being taught in schools.

    “I’m here supporting this march because there are so many injustices in this country,” Long, 59, said on the eve of Saturday’s march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. “I’m very concerned about it because I have a 5-year-old grandson and a 13-year-old granddaughter.”

    Marchers began arriving early Saturday to gather on the National Mall, many staking out their spots as the sun rose in a clear sky over the Capitol. The NAACP passed out signs reminiscent of the 1963 event expressing reasons for the march five decades later: “We March To Protect Voting Rights,” proclaimed one of the placards.

    Organizers have planned for about 100,000 people to participate in the event, which is the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march. It will be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and King’s son Martin Luther King III. After several speeches, participants will walk the half-mile from the Lincoln Memorial to the 2-year-old memorial.

    On the day of the anniversary, President Barack Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place King stood when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will be joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Churches and groups have been asked to ring bells at 3 p.m. Wednesday, marking the exact time King spoke.

    • Ametia says:

      Same issues from 50 years ago.

      Nothing’s changed,in that the MAJOR players have reassembled, planned & dressed in expensive suits.

      Since 11-4-08, the RACIAL dogwhistling has become deafening.

      They have been EXPOSED and are dying off. The fight continues anf until they are NO MORE.


  51. MOW

    The U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

  52. Complete schedule of events here:

    Saturday, Aug. 24

    Realize the Dream March and Rally
    Organizer: National Action Network
    Place: The Lincoln Memorial
    Time: 8 a.m.
    Event Details: Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till, Rep. John Lewis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer will speak.

    Global Freedom Festival
    Organizer: The King Center and National Park Service
    Location: The National Mall
    Time: August 24, 2p.m. to August 27, 10 a.m.
    Event Details: “Global Freedom Festival will open on the mall, and will include four days of education, entertainment and activities that focus on advancing the three freedoms previously mentioned, provided by individuals and organizations from throughout the world.”

  53. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    May today’s event be powerful!

  54. Presidential Proclamation — 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom






    On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands converged on the National Mall to take part in what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” Demonstrators filled the landscape — from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, alongside the still waters of the reflecting pool, to the proud base of the Washington Monument. They were men and women; young and old; black, white, Latino, Asian, and Native American — woven together like a great American tapestry, sharing in the dream that our Nation would one day make real the promise of liberty, equality, and justice for all.

    The March on Washington capped off a summer of discontent, a time when the clarion call for civil rights was met with imprisonment, bomb threats, and base brutality. Many of the marchers had endured the smack of a billy club or the blast of a fire hose. Yet they chose to respond with nonviolent resistance, with a fierce dignity that stirred our Nation’s conscience and paved the way for two major victories of the Civil Rights Movement — the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Today, we remember that the March on Washington was a demonstration for jobs as well as freedom. The coalition that brought about civil rights understood that racial equality and fairness for workers are bound together; when one American gets a raw deal, it jeopardizes justice for everyone. These are lessons we carry forward — that we cannot march alone, that America flourishes best when we acknowledge our common humanity, that our future is linked to the destiny of every soul on earth.

    It is not enough to reflect with pride on the victories of the Civil Rights Movement. In honor of every man, woman, and child who left footprints on the National Mall, we must make progress in our time. Let us guard against prejudice — whether at the polls or in the workplace, whether on our streets or in our hearts — and let us pledge that, in the words of Dr. King, “we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 28, 2013, as the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate the March on Washington and advance the great causes of jobs and freedom.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


  55. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good Morning. Which channel will have the best coverage do you think? Or wear on line can I find it. Thanks.

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