In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom" (August 28, 1963), the New York State Library’s
current display on the 7th floor explores the events surrounding the
march through the use of images and quotations selected from resources
in the Library’s collections.
Brutal acts of segregation and black rage were the hallmarks of 1963.
The resources on display explore some of the earlier events that led up
to the March on Washington in August.
Although Martin Luther King, Jr. and his "I Have a Dream" speech are
what first come to mind for many people, several other labor and civil
rights leaders played crucial roles in the March on Washington.
Particularly notable are A. Philip Randolph, the "father of the civil
right’s movement," who first brought members of the premier civil
right organizations together in New York to discuss the potential of a
march, and Bayard Rustin, Randolph’s deputy director, who organized
every detail of the march from a ramshackle tenement in Harlem. Their
stories, too, are on display.
The exhibit will be on view at the New York State Library, on the 7th
floor of the Cultural Education Center, through the end of August.
Information is also available online, at