1963

“Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end.”

Barack Obama
January 21, 2009

 

The March on Washington
On August 28, 1963, work in the nation’s capital came to a halt as thousands of demonstrators made their way to Washington. The city had never seen a demonstration of this magnitude. Around the world, millions watched on television as 250,000 people of different backgrounds came together to demand social justice. The events that day helped mark the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and reminded Americans of the nation’s long pursuit to fulfill its founding principles of liberty and equality for all.