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Fifty years ago this month, hundreds of thousands of people mobilized on the National Mall to march for racial equality. Help commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington by taking a stand for equality: hsht.ag/g6i. #MyMarch

Not originally published in LIFE. Scene from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.

Gordon Parks photo at Civil Rights March on Washington, 1963. Gordon Roger Alexander Buchannan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a groundbreaking African-American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. He is also known for his iconic Depression-era photographs of African-American families taken for the Farm Security Administration.

Sammy Davis, Jr. at The March on Washington, 1963.

ROSA PARKS - received national recognition, including the NAACP's 1979 Spingarn Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Upon her death in 2005, she was the first woman and second non-U.S. government official to lie in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Actor Harry Belafonte.], 08/28/1963

Describing himself as the “angriest black man in America”, Malcolm rejected Martin Luther King‘s non-confrontational approach and mocked King’s March on Washington (August 1963). Achieving integration through non-violence and, as Malcolm saw it, long-term suffering, would not progress the African American’s place in society.

USA. Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963. Marian Wright EDELMAN (center, wearing scarf) and others during the March on Washington. By Leonard Freed.

President Kennedy stands with a group of leaders of the March on Washington at the White House in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963 (AP Photo)

SAY IT LOUD...Bob Dylan @ The March On Washington. Immediately preceeding King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech BOB DYLAN PERFORMED “Only a Pawn in Their Game” a SONG about the MURDER of CIVIL RIGHTS WORKER MEDGAR EVERS.

OSSIE DAVIS, (Emmy Award and Grammy Award-winning, American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and SOCIAL ACTIVIST), at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, DC.

Sammy Davis Jr. (left) with Walter Reuther (center) and Roy Wilkins (right) at the 1963 March on Washington).

divalocity: Even as Expats the struggle continued…Mae Mercer, Memphis Slim, James Baldwin and Hazel Scott, supporting the “Protest March on Washington” in Paris, France, circa 1963. vintageanchor: “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”—James Baldwin

Civil rights campaigner and organizer Karen House holds up buttons for the ‘March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom,’ several weeks before the August 28, 1963 event. The buttons, which depcit a black hand and a white hand clasped in solidarity, were supplied by the NAACP. Photo by Arnold Sachs/Getty Images.

Image detail for -... Anniversary of the March On Washington: A Celebration Of MLK’s Words

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interrracial Justice, in a crowd.

Jack Hansan and his wife, Ethel, live in Northern Virginia. They are both still moved to tears when they recall the March on Washington in 1963.

Photos from This Is the Day: The March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.