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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington


This year (2013) is the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Institute wanted to make a special contribution to this commemoration by publishing lesson plans and materials that K-12 teachers across the country can use in their classrooms. These lessons highlight figures such as A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, as well as the demands and organization of the March including the alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement, which was so crucial to the success of the March and the broader freedom struggle.

HIGH SCHOOL LESSON PLANS

Washington, DuBois, Garvey, Randolph Strategies, by L. Casey

Whose strategy for advancing the African-American freedom struggle – that of Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey or A. Philip Randolph – was most effective?

What the 1963 March was Really About by S. Lazar

What was the 1963 March on Washington really about?

Leaders and Organizers of the March on Washington by A. Klug

Are the leaders and organizers of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an important milestone in winning full rights for African-Americans, role models for us today?

I Have A Dream Speech by C. Rowland

How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech differ from the one he had prepared? Why did he change his prepared speech?

I Have A Dream Speech Comparion with To Kill A Mockingbird by C. McKenzieo

Which text makes a more persuasive case for overcoming racism – Martin Luther King’s Detroit “I Have a Dream” speech or the trial closing argument of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird? 

MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSON PLANS

Bayard Rustin by S. Blanks
Why has Bayard Rustin, the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an important leader in the civil rights movement, been hidden from American history?

March on Washington Logistics by S. Blanks

What would be required to organize a March on Washington today, 50 years after the 1963 March?

March on Washington Economics by J.L. Vilson

Why did the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington demand jobs as well as freedom for African-Americans?

OTHER RESOURCES

Brother Outsider Guide

Hansen Side-by-Side Comparison of I Have A Dream Speech

Martin Luther King’s Control of Speech Versions

1963 March Randolph Speech

1942 March on Washington Document

1963 March Flyer

1963 March Herald Tribune 6-25-63

1963 March Herald Tribune 6-21-63

1963 March Nature of the Project Jan 63

1963 March Pledge

Organizing Manual of March

NMAAHC Brochure

Horowitz Washington Post 8-21-63

Swados Article

John DEmilio on Bayard Rustin and the March on Washington

COBBLESTONE MAGAZINE

Cobblesston Pages 1-23

Cobbleston pages 24-50

CS-A High Point

CS-A Long Struggle

CS-A Tribute to Women

CS-Bayard Rustin

CS-The Big Six

CS-Beyond The Big Six

CS-Cartoon

CS-Did You Know

CS-Digging Deeper

CS-Discrimination and Answer to Crossword

CS-In The Oval Office

CS-Jobs and Freedom Crosswords Puzzle

CS-Message For The People

CS-Norm & Velma Hill

CS-Oh Freedom

CS-Peaceful Protests

CS-TheDemands

CS-TheMarchThatMadeHistory

CS-WhatAVoice