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ERIC Number: EJ1021080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Teaching the March on Washington
Jones, William P.; Euchner, Charles; Hill, Norman; Hill, Velma Murphy
American Educator, v37 n3 p22-41, 43 Fall 2013
One of the most historical events in American history, the non-violent protest "March on Washington," August 28, 1963, is detailed in an article of remembrance by William P. Jones. His article is crowned by highlights from the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also highlights the lessor known role played by the labor movement. Many of the march's leaders were trade unionists who argued that the struggle for equal rights and decent jobs belonged not only to African Americans but to all workers. Jones reports on the nine other speeches that day, with special focus on the ones from labor leaders: A. Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and Walter Reuther, President of the United Auto Workers. Charles Euchner presents a profile of "Key Figures behind the March," highlighting the role of the "March architect," A. Philip Randolph; the chief organizer, Bayard Rustin; and the ally and supporter, Walter Reuther. Many alive back then still remember this historic event and ask "what effect did the day's events have on me? "Living History" provides an answer in the article from civil rights activists Norman and Velma Hill. In their interview, they share insights from the march, discuss whether the goals have been achieved, and relate their hope for racial and economic equality for all Americans. Also provided is a list of links to lesson plans developed by the Albert Shanker Institute and posted on the American Federation of Teacher's "Share My Lesson" website.
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Language: English
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