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March on Washington, Washington DC

March on Washington, Washington DC

1963

Leonard Freed

(American, 1929-2006)

Vintage gelatin silver print

Image: 16 x 23.9 cm (6 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.2 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2016.289

Description

Freed covered the August 28, 1963, March on Washington during which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. “More than 250,000 people came to the nation’s capital to demand equality for blacks and to urge Congress to pass pending civil rights legislation. . . . The march was the largest demonstration of its kind in the history of the United States.” Almost a year later, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination in public places and in employment practices.
—from Black in White America

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