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Rich Online Resources Document the 1963 March on Washington

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Martin Luther King, Jr., photo from World Digital Library
Martin Luther King, Jr., photo from World Digital Library

A recent post from the Library of Congress’s main blog outlined some of the riches at the Library of Congress in connection with the 1963 March on Washington. Picture This, the blog for our Prints and Photographs Division also recently highlighted some recently digitized photographs from the march.

In the spirit of the 50th anniversary, I thought I’d mention some other digital resources that relate to the event. The World Digital Library has an item entitled “Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, in a Crowd” (reproduced here).

Historypin has a very fine digital “tour” available for the march that includes mapped items and a list of collections from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Quite a few photos and documents are featured.

Button worn at 1963 March on Washington, Williams College Digital Collections
Button worn at 1963 March on Washington, Williams College Digital Collections

WETU, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc., has an online collection of local video stories and memories about the march, and the PBS NewsHour has a rich resource, “10 Resources for Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.”

Appropriately, the DC Public Library Washingtonia Division has a number of evocative images online. The Amistad Digital Resource for Teaching African American History also has an online collection of photographs and other resources documenting the event. The Williams College Digital Collection has an assortment of buttons, posters and other ephemera that are important for documenting the full context of the march.

If you know of other online resources that are of broad interest, please let us know in a comment.


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