March on Washington – 50 Years Later

Do you know what famous speech followed this quote? “Tell them about the dream, Martin.” ~ Mahalia Jackson

Fifty Years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr gave his unforgettable speech, “I Have a Dream”.  But that’s not all that happened on that day.

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, President Obama will give a speech to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which took place August 28, 1963.  This speech will follow a March led by people who took part in the March 50 years ago.  I imagine that will be an emotional and proud journey.  Yes, there is still work to be done, but this nation has come so far in the last 50 years.

There have been several channels/networks showing specials on the March on Washington in 1963.  I have seen the most specials on American History TV on C-Span3.  Right now I am watching a special on KERA called “The March” and the narrating voice sounds mighty familiar.  I don’t know who it is but it sounds like Denzel Washington.  This would not be surprising as I have seen all types of people on these specials.  There was a special showing a roundtable discussion that took place on the day of the event and included popular participants such as Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, and Marlon Brando.

On this past Saturday, August 24, 2013, the famous speech and event were honored at the very same Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  Several incredible people, including Martin Luther King III, delivered speeches to the thousands of spectators.

I hope that you will join in this celebration, whether you watch on TV, or listen online at work, or watch the playback on the news later that night, or just watch specials and peruse the internet to learn about it.  This subject involved, involves, and will forever involve people from all walks of life.

Here is a video from footage a photographer shot back then. and a vimeo about him.