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National Archives commemorates the March on Washington

The National Archives is displaying a program from the 1963 March on Washington to mark the dedication of the memorial to Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. later this month.

Program from the 1963 March on Washington (National Archives and JFK Presidential Library)

Speakers included A. Philip Randolph, the labor leader and founder the the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Roy Wilkins, the leader of the National Association of Colored People, Whitney M. Young Jr., the leader of the National Urban League and John Lewis, the Georgia congressman who was then head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The list included King, who delivered his now famous “I Have A Dream Speech.”

On the official programs, the singers included Marian Anderson, Eva Jessye and Mahalia Jackson. They were joined by many others who sang the popular folk songs of the day and the freedom songs that had been an important part of the meetings and rallies of the Civil Rights Movement.

The program will be on display until August 31.

The Archives has also scheduled two screenings of “The March,” a 1964 documentary by James Blue, created for the U.S. Information Agency. Those screenings are at noon on August 27 and 28 in the Archives McGowan Theater.


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