The March on Washington

The civil rights movement in the United States during the late 1950s and 1960s was the political, legal, and social struggle to gain full citizenship rights for black Americans and to achieve racial equality. Individuals and civil rights organizations challenged segregation and discrimination using a variety of activities, including protest marches, boycotts, and refusal to abide by segregation laws.

The Official Program for the March on Washington was chosen as one of America's 100 milestone documents on - alongside other documents that have helped shape the national character, and reflect our diversity, unity, and commitment as a nation to continue our work toward forming “a more perfect union.” The list was compiled by the United States National Archives and Records Administration, and draws primarily from its nationwide holdings.

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Learn more about photographs of the March on Washington in the holdings of the National Archives on the National Archives YouTube channel:

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