Fifty Years Ago Today …

MS 2003-36  March on Washington Program - front

THERE IS an incredible document up at the National Archives Tumblr that really hit home. I keep looking at it over and over. It’s a scan of the full program from the March on Washington. Within you’ll find a full listing of speakers, a map of the march and of course “The List of Demands.”

Fifty years gone, literally a “piece” of history, the thing that immediately struck me about the document’s no-frills, simplicity — it’s straight-forwardness — is that it underscores just how starkly different we are today about marking events of this magnitude — often with excessive flourishes.

There is beauty and dignity in the lack of ostentatiousness that cuts through to the heart to the heart of matter. Nothing crowds the list of names and their purpose. Nothing interferes with or eclipses the purpose of the day.

I would love to hold it in my hands.

You can see the rest here.

From the March: Mahalia Jackson


And of course, Dr. King:

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2 thoughts on “Fifty Years Ago Today …

  1. Thank you, I just looked at the whole pamphlet and also President Kennedy’s response. Thanks for sharing!!!!!! I so enjoyed today’s official observation of the 1963 March on Washington!!!!!!!

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