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Fifty Years after the March on Washington, Many Weigh In with News, Opinion, and Reports

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an important moment in the civil rights movement. The 1963 march may be best remembered for Martin Luther King, Jr.۪s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, though many other prominent civil rights leaders delivered remarks,often calling for economic opportunity and justice.

The anniversary presents an occasion to consider the March on Washington۪s legacy for racial equity and economic fairness. At a recent bipartisan ceremony, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and other Congressional leaders reflected on the strides made over the past decades and the need for further progress toward racial and economic equity.

Numerous major events have been planned in Washington, D.C. around the anniversary,including one march that took place last weekend that drew tens of thousands to the National Mall.On the exact date of the anniversary, August 28, another march will take place and President Obama will deliver a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Spotlight has compiled resources from think tanks, research groups, and news organizations from across the political spectrum to commemorate the anniversary and has highlighted a few publications below:


News and Opinion:

Spotlight on Poverty



The New York Times


The Nation

Research Organization Publications:

Urban Institute

National Center for Public Policy Research

Economic Policy Institute

Public Religion Research Institute

U.S. Census Bureau


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