The March on Washington

Marchers participating in the March on Washington August 28 1963 (WARREN K LEFFLER LOC)

The March on Washington

Walk the route taken by the 250,000 demonstrators who arrived in Washington, D.C. from across the country to attend the August 28, 1963, "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," the largest demonstration for human rights in U.S. history.

- Hear about the men and women who planned and organized the March and the key role played by Black Washingtonians.

- Learn about earlier demonstrations for civil rights that took place in Washington, D.C.

- Find out why organizations like the National Council for Negro Women and its executive director Dorothy Height were crucial to the March's success--and why their contributions were downplayed on August 28.

- Relive the March through the perspective of then 12-year-old Edith Lee-Payne, a photo of whom has become an iconic image of the March.

- Stand where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech and see where he completed its final draft.

And more!

If you like this Washington walking tour, you might also like: Black History in Lafayette Park and U Street.

Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Brenda

Washington Walks Guide Brenda

BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper

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Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Portrait of Paul

PAUL is a journalist, history buff, actor, and former radio newscaster who has lived in the Washington area for 26 years and still discovers something new every week.

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Embarks from outside McPherson Square Metro station’s White House/Vermont Avenue exit. (820 Vermont Avenue NW)
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