Today, thousands are gathering in Washington DC at the Lincoln Memorial, to honor one of the most important events in American History, the March on Washington, a milestone of the Civil Rights movement, a movement that still continues to this day. President Barak Obama, the nation’s first African-American President, along with former Presidents Clinton and Carter, will be there to remember the March and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Not able to make it to Washington? Commemorate this historic event with the library!
- Check out our display in the reference section.
- Check out our new books about the March on Washington:
- The King Years : Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch
- The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights by William P. Jones
- Let Freedom Ring : Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley
- Check out the excellent documentary, Eyes on the Prize, detailing the American Civil Rights movement.
- Use the library’s subscription to the historic Boston Globe and New York Times and view the front pages from August 28, 1963 and August 29, 1963.
- Check out the excellent coverage of today’s event and the actual March from the Library of Congress (LOC). The country’s library is featuring an exhibition, “A Day Like No Other”, which will be held from now until March. The LOC blog contains a lot of information and artifacts about the March. Be sure to visit the website on a later date, to watch the webcast of Representative John Lewis’s speech at the LOC from today.
- Watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. It’s still powerful 50 years later.
posted by Laura