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The stated demands of The March On Washington August 28, 1963 were passage of civil rights legislation, elimination of racial segregation in public schools, protection for demonstrators against police brutality, a major public-works jobs program, a law prohibiting racial discrimination in hiring, a $2.00 minimum wage, and self-government for the District of Columbia.
The March On Washington was organized by James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Martin Luther King Jr of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Conference (SNCC), A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Roy Wilkins of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Whitney Young Jr of the National Urban League. Carl T. Rowan, Director of the United States Information Agency, makes opening remarks on the "great Civil Rights March On Washington". Shows a truck with sound system requesting all citizens to move into Washington DC. Sign on the sound truck reads "Civil Rights Now". A speech by A. Phillips Randolf.
Close-up of group of Black and White people singing and clapping. Images depicting people traveling to Washington from all cities and towns in America. Shows tent as "D.C. Headquarters, March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom". Blacks and whites assemble signs and placards. In New York City volunteers young and old, Black and White, prepare food for the "March". Shows church prayer service. Line of people boarding bus. Various scenes of people boarding bus. Scenes of buses on highway, passenger train. Various scenes of people on bus talking to each other. Shows preparations being made at the National Mall for arrival of marchers.
Scenes of people around "D.C. Headquarters, March On Washington" tent. Group singing night before the "great march". Early morning panning aerial view of National Mall, Washington DC. Passenger train arriving Union Station Washington DC pulled by a PRR GG1 class of electric locomotive. Video clip of Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 Electric Locomotive. Civil rights marchers arriving Washington DC by train. "March Organizer" on bus passes out "Freedom Now" signs and gives instructions to marchers. People on bus wear "Freedom Now" hats. Folk singer Joan Baez sings "We Shall Overcome". Panning shot of large crowd of people. Numerous buses arriving at event. Musical group sings "I'm On My Way". Start of march to the Lincoln Memorial is announced.
Marchers moving past Reflective Pool toward Lincoln Memorial. Various scenes of people and groups marching from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Various people, Blacks and Whites, at the Lincoln Memorial. Marian Anderson sang a Negro Spiritual "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". *Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his "I have a dream" speech. *Note "I have a dream" speech is copyright protected by the King estate.
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