Many Negroes had looked to the march as an end in itself, a massive demonstration that would somehow solve all their problems. It was not that.
Many other Americans, both white and Negro, had looked to the march with dread. It would, they feared, be an occasion for riot and bloodshed.
But it was not that either.
As against the excesses of expectation on both sides, the day began in anticlimax. Overnight, special trains and buses began moving into Washington from all parts of the U.S. Some of the early arrivals went off to picket Bobby Kennedy's Justice Department. But most of those getting...