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Remembering the March on Washington: Video

By History.com Staff
On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr’.s "I Have a Dream" speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality. But did you know that King's most famous words weren't part of his planned speech? As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this seminal civil rights event, check out some surprising facts about the March on Washington.

Categories: Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr.