The March in Washington

MORE than 30 years ago, A. Philip Randolph, then and now president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, proposed a Negro march on Washington to protest civil rights abuses. It was never held. But Randolph never gave up in his advocacy of the merits of the idea. His desire became a dream—and this week he would see it come true.

Forget the Mayonnaise. To help dramatize the Negro's 1963 revolution, leaders of civil rights organizations seized upon Randolph's old idea, called upon sympathizers everywhere for a "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." Representatives of different, often rival, organizations got together,...

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