Black Americans, 1963–1973

Archive Report

Racial Assessment of Past Decade

Tenth Anniversary of the March on Washington

Ten years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, a quarter of a million petitioners marched on the nation's capital to demand equity and justice for black Americans. It was a day of national unity, when persons of all races, faiths and ethnic origins stood together at the Lincoln Memorial and heard Martin Luther King Jr. proclaim his dream “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ’We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’ “It was possible at the time to believe that fulfillment of the dream would not be long in coming. But the peak of hope and unity achieved ...

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