We’re all familiar with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King Jr. made his iconic “I have a Dream” speech. However, many people are unaware of the obstacles the organizers had to overcome in the months and years before the march in order to make the event a success.
On Thursday, January 22 at 5:45 in the 7th floor library, the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council will hold a screening of the film, The March, which goes behind the scenes with some of the key players and organizers to bring us first-hand accounts of the challenges and triumphs they faced in the build up to the march. After the viewing we encourage all students to participate in a lively discussion about new perspectives and insights gained from the film.
The March, also known as the “Great March on Washington” took place on August 28th, 1963 and was one of the largest political rallies in U.S. history with some 250,000 people in attendance.
It is widely credited for playing a significant role in getting the U.S. government to take action on civil rights issues and igniting political willpower for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Here’s a brief description of the film:
“The program tells the story of the how the march for jobs and freedom began, speaking to the people who organized and participated in it. Using rarely seen archive footage the film reveals the background stories surrounding the build up to the march … The film follows the unfolding drama as the march reaches its ultimate triumphs, gaining acceptance from the state, successfully raising funds and in the end, organized and executed peacefully - and creating a landmark moment in the struggle for civil rights and racial equality in the United States.”
The Diversity and Inclusion committee is comprised of Peirce staff members and is committed to creating diversity focused events that serve students. To learn more about the D&I Council, other upcoming events, resources, and diversity facts, please visit the Peirce Diversity and Inclusion page.