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The March

The March documents the events leading up to The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which drew more than 200,000 people to the National Mall on August 28, 1963. It presents a behind-the-scene look at the effort to organize The March, and examines the political and social events that merged to bring the March on Washington to fruition.

The March: Birmingham in Early 1963

Examine the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, in the months leading up to The March, and Birmingham Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor’s attempts to squelch peaceful protests.

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The March: The Civil Rights Movement Goes National

Learn about A. Philip Randolph’s early union organizing, and his contribution to organizing The March, especially his insistence that the focus of civil rights organizing should be Washington D.C.

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The March: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Examine President John F. Kennedy’s record on civil rights and his relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the stream of political events leading Kennedy to introduce the idea of a Civil Rights Act on June 11, 1963.

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The March: The March Committee

Meet the six civil rights leaders who formed the core organizing committee for The March, and understand how they articulated The March’s purpose.

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The March: Recruitment and Preparation

Look behind the scenes at the work of hundreds of volunteers in the month leading up to The March, including Norman Hill and Harry Belafonte’s work recruiting participants.

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The March: The Hours Leading up to The March

Witness the arrival of thousands of people to the National Mall on August 28, 1963, in the hours leading up to The March’s official program, and understand the controversy surrounding John Lewis’s speech.

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The March: John Lewis’s Speech

Watch footage from The March’s official program, including John Lewis’s (of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) speech.

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