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The March

The March on Washington began at the Washington Monument. Protesters came from all over the United States and marched together, holding hands, linking arms, and singing as they arrived at the Lincoln Memorial where the march ended and protesters gathered to listen to speeches and songs from influential activists from all over the United States all advocating for equal rights for people of color. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Had a Dream” speech, encouraged to do so by singer Mahalia Jackson saying “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”[1]

[1] Drew Hansen, “Mahalia Jackson, and King’s Improvisation,” The New York Times, August 27, 2013,