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Rosa Parks was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”. On December 1, 1955, Parks became famous for refusing to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. This action of civil disobedience started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which is one of the largest movements against racial segregation. In addition, this launched Martin Luther King, Jr., who was inv...

handbill for the 1963 March on Washington

"I Have a Dream" is a 17-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. The speech, delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Rights March, Washington, D.C. 1963.

Civil Rights March, Washington, 1963.

A day after the 1963 March on Washington, The Washington Post ran the demonstration as the centerpiece story but does not mention the day's most iconic moment, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Learn more about the civil rights movement and the media at the Newseum:

Martin Luther King Jr being attacked as he marched nonviolently for the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966

Explore the work of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement with this PowerPoint activity.