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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.
Credit: Bob Adelman/Magnum Photos 1963


The official program to the March on Washington.

The official program to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Credit: National Archives


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Aug. 28, 2003 -- Forty years ago, marchers packed the National Mall in Washington to encourage the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It was the biggest political demonstration ever staged in the United States, and a day that would quickly become part of the national narrative.

On NPR's Talk of the Nation, host Neal Conan retraces the course of that historic event. Photographer Bob Adelman joins the show to talk about capturing Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. And Lee White, who wrote President Kennedy's statement on the March on Washington, recalls watching the day's events on television in the Oval Office.

Listeners also share their stories. Hear Talk of the Nation's coverage of the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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In Depth

moreFollow NPR coverage of the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington.

moreAug. 22, 2003: NPR's Juan Williams reports on the struggles to organize the March on Washington.

moreAug. 25, 2003: NPR's Juan Williams reports on the people who traveled to the March on Washington.

moreAug. 28, 2003: NPR's Juan Williams reports on the day's words and legacy.


Other Resources

  • Read President Kennedy's statement on the March on Washington.




       
       
       
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