march on washington

March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Resources for Commemoration

August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a key event in the Civil Rights Movement during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

UST will be honoring this event with a Memorial Mass & Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of MLK March on Washington. You can further explore the impact of the march with digital resources available through the library and online.

From The Black Worker (Oct. 1, 1963). Source: African-American Periodicals (1825-1995)

Doherty’s recently acquired Readex African American Periodicals digital archive contains both articles written about the event in 1963 and articles assessing its impact a generation later. Learn more about  how to use the wealth of Civil Rights resources available in this database on the Readex blog: Researching the March on Washington using African American Newspapers and Periodicals

Source: National Archives

The National Archives also has extensive holdings from the March on Washington. Find photographs, event programs, and more using their online highlights.

For a quantitative look at the impact of the Civil Rights movement, check out this data compiled by the Census Bureau. To mark the anniversary of the march, they have gathered key statistics that measure changes in some characteristics of the African American population to date.

Finally, keep up with anniversary activities taking place around the country this week by following #MLKDream50.