Washington D.C.

4:39pm

Wed August 28, 2013
The NPR 100

The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 7:26 pm

American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963.
Adger Cowans Getty Images

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, All Things Considered concludes its series about the moments that defined the historic summer of 1963. Back in 1999, Noah Adams explored the history and legacy of the song "We Shall Overcome" for the NPR 100. The audio link contains a condensed version of that piece.

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4:37pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Arts & Life

50 Years Later: Sounds And Voices From The March

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:35 am

Margaret Pearson, 71, immigrated from the U.K. two months after the '63 March in Washington. She joined the crowd today.
Tanya Ballard Brown NPR

It was a cloudy and rainy day in Washington on Wednesday. But that did not keep thousands from descending on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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12:15pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Politics

Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream'

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:05 am

Former President Bill Clinton tells the crowd that Americans today owe a tremendous debt to "those people who came here 50 years ago." Millions of us, he said, have lived the dream King talked about.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov
  • Listen: NPR Special Coverage Of The March On Washington Anniversary

Thousands gathered under gray skies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

They gathered in the exact same spot where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and many of the same themes — equality, dignity, unity — echoed through the crowd.

President Obama was joined by the King family and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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9:28am

Wed August 28, 2013

4:36am

Wed August 28, 2013
Race

One Historic March, Countless Striking Moments

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:26 pm

More than 200,000 gather on the Washington Monument grounds before marching to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.
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