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The March on Washington

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The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history. More than 200,000 people gathered on the National Mall to march for civil and economic equality for African-Americans. And on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.Organized by a group of civil rights, labor and religious organizations, the nonviolent march marked a critical turning point in the civil rights movement and is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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