On August 28, 1968, approximately 250,000 Americans descend on the nation’s capitol for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. Stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, the huge crowd listened to powerful speeches calling for racial & economic justice in America. Among the speakers were John Lewis, National Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights activist, Medgar Evers.
The last speaker of the day was civil rights leader and gifted orator Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 34-year-old King, inspired those present that day – as well as millions more around the globe, as he passionately delivered his iconic I Have A Dream speech. It was a watershed moment for Dr. King and the civil rights movement, culminating a year later with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill and ratification of the 24th amendment. That same year, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1965, the Voting Rights Bill was passed.