March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Roy Wilkens with a few of the 250,000 participants on the Mall heading for the Lincoln Memorial in the NAACP March on Washington on August 28, 1963.
     
August 28 - Washington, DC - 200,000-250,000 Black and white people "marched" into Washington, DC in a show of nation-wide support for the Civil Rights Movement.   The highlights of the day were Dr. King's now-famous "I Have a Dream" speech and John Lewis' less talked about controversial one .   The low point was the fact that women were not allowed to be a part of the speaking roster (even though Dr. Dorothy I. Height was a part of the organizing committee and Josephine Baker addressed the crowd).