Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, one of the most memorable events of the Civil Rights movement. On August 28th, 1963, around 200,000 gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in support of Civil Rights, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who famously told the world about his dream of a better and more equal world.
2013 is, in many ways, very different from 1963, and even more so than 1863 when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. There are many great resources available for you to learn about the ways in which our nation has changed, and the stories of those who participated in the 1963 March. Stop into Carnegie-Stout to check out our display of books and DVDs on the first floor, or explore some of these great online resources:
C-SPAN is offering live coverage of today's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, both on their television channel and through online streaming: officialmlkdream50.com
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, a division of the National Archives, includes an interactive overview of the Civil Rights movement: civilrights.jfklibrary.org
You can also browse through the National Archives online collection of materials related to the 1963 March on Washington: tinyurl.com/NARAMLK50
The Smithsonian's Museum of American History has information on the March on Washington and the Emancipation Proclamation: http://ow.ly/olk8q
NPR has a series of articles and interviews with participants in the 1963 March on Washington: www.npr.org/series/213897602/the-march-on-washington-at-50
PBS has created a documentary on the 1963 March, as well as a variety of online resources related to the March available on their website here: www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/march-on-washington/#.Uh4EGj-1d8E