50 Years Since the March on Washington


Widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place 50 years ago on August 28th. The culmination of the event was Martin Luther King’s historic ‘I Have a Dream‘ speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

In 1963, the legendary American broadcaster, Studs Terkel, presented a radio programme, ‘This Train,’ in which he followed African Americans travelling on a train from Chicago to Washington. They were part of the March on Washington, which culminated in Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The thousands who took part wanted to achieve jobs and freedom for black Americans. One woman on the train spoke of her hopes for a better future for her relatives, “after I am gone.”


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038x1m1 – The Train Rides Again


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