50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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The March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Civil rights and union leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young and others pictured.

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands gathered on the Mall in Washington, DC to call for increased civil rights for African-Americans. Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama, reflects upon the March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Watch: Martin Luther King's Speech and Performances from the March on Washington

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