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"The Great March on Washington" record album

Object Number: 2002.074.0015
Category: Audio
Publisher: Gordy Records
Type of Object: Record album
Date: 1963
Dimensions: Overall: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 1/4 in. (31.1 x 31.1 x 0.6 cm)
Medium: Vinyl
"The Great March on Washington" record album was published by Gordy, a division of the Motown Record Corp.

The album jacket features a large black and white image of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., waving to a crowd on the National Mall during the Great March on Washington. To the right of this image is a list of speakers and one singer. The following information is printed at the bottom:

"Washington, D.C. Aug. 28, 1963
endorsed by: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Urban League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Side one:
A. Philip Randolph
Walter Reuther
Roy Wilkins
(Liz Lands) We Shall Overcome

Side two:
Whitney M. Yount
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr."

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Curator's Notes

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. Approximately 250,000 Americans marched on the mall in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, August 27, 1963. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he called for an end to racism. Along with Dr. King’s speech, the legacy of the march lives on in the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). - Krishna Shenoy, Librarian/Archivist

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