this day in 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs
and Freedom took place. The march was a key moment of the Civil Rights
Movement, and a triumph for the nonviolence philosophy which underpinned
the movement. The march is best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s
famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial, which extolled King’s vision of an America free of racial discrimination. Other speakers included chairman of the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee John Lewis and veteran civil
rights leader A. Philip Randolph. When politicians in Washington heard
about the march many, including President John F. Kennedy, feared that
there would be violence and rioting. The peaceful gathering of over
250,000 supporters of civil rights, with many whites in attendance as
well as African-Americans, highlighted issues of racial discrimination and unequal housing and employment. The demonstration in the nation’s capital, and King’s speech in particular, spurred America into action and paved the way for the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act and 1965 Voting Rights Act, vital tools in the fight for racial equality.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live
out the true meaning of its creed. ‘We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal’… 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
Fifty-two years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered during the March on Washington, which brought together more than 200,000 Americans in the nation’s capitol to support the ongoing Civil Rights movement.
UPDATE: Washington: I had no luck finding a suitable Library of Congress or Supreme Court for the Capitol Grounds so I settled on an old version of the Reichstag and New Reichstag. Should I keep this? Does it look ridiculous?
The ongoing political controversy over Planned Parenthood, which has intensified in the wake of several highly edited videos that accuse the group of profiting off the sale of fetal tissue, has made its way from the Capitol to a quite different kind of building in Washington, D.C.