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Fifty Years After The March On Washington

The largest mass demonstration in U. S. history began as a rally for jobs and freedom and ended with one of the most famous speeches of our time. The March on Washington, 50 years ago today, drew a quarter-million people to the National Mall. Protestors peacefully demanded equal access to housing, education, and voting rights. They also wanted dignified jobs at decent wages. But the event is mostly remembered for Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech – a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. Guest host, Frank Sesno, and his guests discuss the legacy of the March on Washington and the state of American civil rights today.

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