March on Washington Handbill

The March on Washington, August 28, 1963, was the largest civil rights demonstration the nation had ever witnessed. One hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 250,000 Americans of all races gathered to petition the government to pass meaningful civil rights legislation and enforce existing laws establishing racial equality. The March for Jobs and Freedom was conceived by A. Philip Randolph, leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, coordinated by Bayard Rustin, and supported by almost all the major civil rights organizations and many labor unions and religious organizations. Its speakers included Randolph, John Lewis, James Farmer, Walter Reuther, and Martin Luther King Jr., whose "I Have a Dream" speech invoked the hopes of all Americans seeking racial justice.
This handbill was donated in 1964 by Rev. Walter Fauntroy, a principle organizer and chairman of the Washington, D.C., coordinating committee. It is one of many items in the Museum's civil rights collection that helps document and preserve this pivotal event in American history.
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Object Name
Date made
associated date
1963 08 28
King, Jr., Martin Luther
Randolph, A. Philip
Rustin, Bayard
Lewis, John
Farmer, James
Reuther, Walter
Fauntroy, Walter
related organization
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 13.97 cm
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
associated place
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
African American
Civil Rights Movement
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Reform Movements Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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