America - 50 Years Later and Still Dreaming

Posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 by Kelly_TeenLib

Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared:

I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Attended by over 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the capital and had live, international, television coverage.

The event featured performances from notable artists including Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson and Peter, Paul and Mary.

 Speakers from all of the sponsoring organizations delivered rallying oratories, but it is the speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. that is most recognized, and synonymous with the march, today.

Whether it's for nostalgia, or a reminder of the path of our Nation, why not take some time to check out what the library has to offer.

The March on Washington

The March on Washington

This Is the Day

This Is the Day

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

Nobody Turn Me around

Nobody Turn Me around


The Lincoln Memorial is once again a focus this week, with marches, speeches and celebrations taking place. On Wednesday, the 28th, the 'March for Jobs and Justice' will wind its way towards the Lincoln Memorial where President Obama will deliver a speech to mark the historic occasion.</