On Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans—an estimated 75 to 80 percent of them Black—converged on Washington, D.C., to rally for civil and economic rights.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was one of the largest political rallies in U.S. history and is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Trains and planes into Washington were filled to capacity. Maryland police reported that 100 buses per hour passed through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel on their way to the rally, including 450 buses out of New York City’s Harlem neighborhood and another six buses that made the 750-mile trip from Birmingham, Ala.
The last speaker of the day’s program was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Now, as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Comcast has launched an interactive project: His Dream, Our Stories.
For a full list of events and to find out how you can attend and participate, visit 50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com.