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Words Matter Library: 56th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Season 2

It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement and one of the most iconic speeches in American history.

56 years ago this week The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, or the March on Washington, was held in the Nation’s Capital on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. 


More than 250,000 people turned out to advocate for the civil and economic rights of black Americans. At was here, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.


Dr. King considered the words in Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as a “scared obligation” -- he believed that the Founders and their descendants should be held accountable. 


For Dr. King and millions of others – America would only become great when this dream was fully realized and this country finally lived up to its founding words. 


This week we put Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech into the Words Matter Library

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