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6:04 PM, August 28th, 2012

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August 28, 1963: March on Washington

On this day in 1963, 200,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the March on Jobs and Freedom. The culmination of the march that day was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s celebrated “I Have a Dream” speech.

Six years earlier, The Open Mind’s Richard D. Heffner sat down with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to discuss the subject of “The New Negro.”


For more on African American community’s struggle for civil rights, visit our Black History collection page, where you can watch full-length programs from American Experience, Frontline, Tavis Smiley and more.

Also, Hedrick Smith, a reporter who covered the protests, offers some lessons we can take from the peaceful march.

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