The March on Washington (1963)

The March coincided with the centenary of the “Emancipation Proclamation” and came soon after President Kennedy’s announcement of the upcoming Civil Rights Act. Martin Luther King Jr. became a shining star that sweltering day as he discarded prepared remarks to deliver “I Have a Dream.” The Smithsonian‘s piece is excellent and includes images and video.

An Oral History of the March on Washington

SmithsonianMag.com, July, 2013