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Urban Legends Celebrates The Leaders Of The March On Washington

In honor of this momentous occasion, Motown and UMe have developed a number of digital initiatives that honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and make archival content accessible to generations today.

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Photo: Roy Wilkins, executive secretary of NAACP in 1956.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather this Friday on August 28 at the Lincoln Memorial as The March on Washington returns to the nation’s capital, marking the 57th anniversary of the historic civil rights event.

On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 demonstrators took to the streets of DC to draw attention to inequalities faced by Black Americans. As the nation reeled from violent acts perpetrated on civil rights activists in Birmingham, AL., civil rights leaders A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and Martin Luther King Jr. chose to fuse their marches – Randolph’s and Rustin’s for jobs, King’s for freedom – into a massive, singular protest.

Thus, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the most momentous civil rights gatherings in American history, was launched, culminating in Dr. King’s classic speech which he unforgettably delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: “I Have a Dream.”

In honor of this momentous occasion, Motown and UMe have developed a number of digital initiatives that honor the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and make archival content accessible to generations today.

One of these new initiatives is a series of infographics that highlight key players in the March on Washington, created by Urban Legends, a division of UMe, Universal Music Group’s global catalog company.

View the full set below and learn more about these influential figures. Visit the March of Washington microsite, to explore more historical videos, playlists, recordings, and more.

A-Philip-Randolph

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The March on Washington

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Roy Wilkins

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Whitney M Young

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Walter Reuther

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