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Black History Month: March on Washington

The March on Washington - August 28, 1963

The March on Washington

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, or known simply as The March on Washington, was held in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and was the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

You can hear an audio recording of Martin Luther King Jr giving his speech at the Internet Archive. 

Books in our SORA Collection

Here are the books about or mentioning the March on Washington in our Monroe One SORA account:

  • Voices from the March on Washington by J. Patrick Lewis and Gorge Ella Lyon
    From the woman singing through a terrifying bus ride to DC, to the teenager who came partly because his father told him, "Don't you dare go to that march," to the young child riding above the crowd on her father's shoulders, each voice brings a unique perspective to this tale. As the characters tell their personal stories of this historic day, their chorus plunges readers into the experience of being at the march--walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, hearing Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech, heading home inspired.
  • Child of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson
    An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.
  • Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Second Copy)
  • When young Tybre Faw discovers John Lewis and his heroic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the fight for voting rights, Tybre is determined to meet him. Tybre's two grandmothers take him on the seven-hour drive to Selma, Alabama, where Lewis invites Tybre to join him in the annual memorial walk across the Bridge. And so begins a most amazing friendship! In rich, poetic language, Andrea Davis Pinkney waves the true story of a boy with a dream together with the story of a real-life hero (who himself had a life-altering friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. when he was young!). Keith Henry Brown's deeply affecting paintings bring this inspiring bond between a young activist and an elder congressman vividly to life. Who will be next to rise up and turn the page on history?

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