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Facts for Features Special Edition — The 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Aug. 28

Facts for Features Special Edition — The 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Aug. 28
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 200,000 people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech and the march were key moments in the American Civil Rights Movement, before the landmark legislation securing voting, housing and employment rights for all Americans regardless of race. To mark the anniversary, the U.S. Census Bureau has gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the black population to date.

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