Inside the Vault: The March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event was covered by approximately 3,000 members of the press. The documents discussed illustrate the logistics for people who attended and press coverage following the event. The documents include

  • Flyers containing logistical information for attendees
  • Pacific Stars & Stripes coverage of the March on Washington
  • an NAACP report about the March

Jermain Corbin, a history educator from South Boston, and Bryson Bruce from the cast of Hamilton joined us for the June 3, 2021, Inside the Vault as we examined materials related to the organization of the March on Washington as well as the subsequent press coverage.

Click here to download the slides from the presentation.

Classroom-ready resources for the documents presented

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  • Medical Committee for Civil Rights: 5:52–11:30
  • NAACP Pamphlet: 11:30–15:04
  • Speeches: 15:04–33:55
  • NAACP Pamphlet: 33:58–41:41
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes: 41:41–47:43
  • NAACP Pamphlet: 47:44–51:19