Faces at the Civil Rights March on Washington
In 1963, when civil rights leaders announced plans for a March on Washington, President Kennedy initially opposed the idea, fearing a large demonstration in the capital could turn violent and jeopardize the civil rights bill. After a meeting with the leaders, he was persuaded that the march was “in the great tradition” of American protest.
Among the crowd of over 200,000 who gathered on August 28 for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom were:
-Sidney Poitier, Harry Belefonte, and Charlton Heston on the Lincoln Memorial
-Children, including the young girl above with a banner
-Musicians Joan Baez and Bob Dylan
-Author James Baldwin and actor Marlon Brando
-Former National Basketball Association player, Bill Russell
-Entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.
-Actor Lena Horne
-Former National Baseball League player, Jackie Robinson with his son
More striking images from the crowd can be found here.