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The March on Washington: Four teacher resources

August 28, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr., gives his “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd before the Lincoln Memorial during the Freedom March in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. The widely quoted speech became one of his most famous.

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Teacher Resources:

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, also referred to as the March on Washington and The Great March on Washington, was held in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on this day.

  1. PBS Student Reporting Labs Resource Look back at these 12 captivating student responses on MLK’s Dream, race and change made at the time of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington to get a discussion started in your own classroom.
  2. The March on Washington Fact Sheet — The who, what, when, why, where and how of the March.
  3. Black Lives Matter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement  An interactive timeline filled with video and text about the events that shaped the Civil Rights Movement. For teachers there is a timeline guide that denotes the event and the length of its corresponding video.
  4. The March on Washington Glossary — Use this comprehensive glossary to help students build a foundation on the vocabulary of the Civil Rights Movement.