On August 28, 1963, 300,000 people gathered on the National Mall in front of the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. with one goal in mind — equal rights for all. What ensued was never to be forgotten. One speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial exposed racial inequalities that plagued a growing nation. The march, commonly referred to as the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, is widely credited with spurring the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today would have marked King’s 86th birthday. That infamous march in 1963 wasn’t the first that he led, and it wouldn’t be the last. In fact, he was assassinated on the day he had planned to lead a protest march in Memphis, Tenn.