Ten Things to Know about the (1st) March on Washington

9. Following the march, male leaders met with President Kennedy, but no women were invited.  The group met to discuss the civil rights bill. It was the first time African-American leaders had been invited to the White House since 1901, when President Roosevelt dined with Booker T. Washington.


Community Village‘s insight:

I also didn’t know number 8. The most stirring parts of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the march, were improvised. King was inspired by gospel legend Mahalia Jackson who shouted out from the crowd, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin!”

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