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On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people converged on the Mall in what was the biggest civil rights demonstration in U.S. history. The one-day rally, known as the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” was the culmination of efforts demanding civil rights for African Americans. Demonstrators arrived in D.C. in droves, by car, bus and train, for a variety of ceremonies and events including the march, singing and speeches — most notably, the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which would become emblematic of the entire civil rights movement.
Ready to marchPauline Elmore ties an armband for Samuel Miller before the start of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Both D.C. residents volunteered to be marshals at the march.The Washington Star