D.C. Celebrates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington, D.C., during the "March on Washington". King said the march was "the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States." (Photo credit:AFP/Getty Images)

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters Aug. 28, 1963 on the Mall in Washington. (Photo credit:AFP/Getty Images)

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It has been 50 years since 200,000 people marched on the streets of Washington, pushing for equal civil rights for all Americans.

To commemorate the historical rally, a series of events and exhibits were planned near the place where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

PHOTOS: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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Remembering The March on Washington

A series from WNEW reporter Karen Adams reflecting on the magnitude of the anniversary and the impact the five-decade-old march had on the nation. Its impact continues to present day.

‬Creela Sullivan Smith understood all of the excitement of the day back in 1963, but really didn’t understand the significance of Martin Luther King’s speech until she was older. She says what’s lacking now are leaders like the past.


‬Doris Dickerson remembers the march vividly. She watched it on a black and white TV at Howard University Hospital because she wasn’t allowed to take the day off from work.


A civil rights conference has leaders of today looking for solutions to the same issues of 1963 — race, education, and voting.


‬A 20-year-old Vincent Gray was awe-inspired as he watched speaker after speaker, including Dr. Martin Luther King give his famed “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 at the march. Now, as the mayor of D.C., he continues to fight for King’s unfulfilled dreams.

Museum Exhibits

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963”
Where: National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
When: Through Sept. 15

“Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement”
Where: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
When: Permanent

“A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington”
Where: The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE
When: Aug. 28 through March 1, 2014

“American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW
When: Through Nov. 10

“One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.”
Where: National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW
When: Through June 1, 2014

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