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Recalling the 1963 March on Washington

A Madison contingent prepares to board a bus headed for the March on Washington in August 1963 (the north balustrade of the Wisconsin Historical Society is in the background).

The public is welcome to join the Historical Society as we begin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of landmark events in the civil rights movement with a talk by William P. Jones, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Board of Curators. Jones will discuss his new book, "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights," at 5 pm on Monday, August 26, in the auditorium at the Society's headquarters in Madison. Admission is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

More Than a Famous Speech

Cover of Will Jones' book, "The March on Washington"
The March on Washington took place 50 years ago this month. Leaders of all the major civil rights organizations addressed 250,000 followers. Martin Luther King gave his celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech that afternoon.

In this new book Professor Jones, a specialist in civil rights and labor history, goes beyond King's iconic speech to explore the real significance of the massive demonstration and the overlooked history behind it. Part of his research was done in the Society's well-known civil rights manuscript collections.

Discover More Before the Talk

:: Posted August 12, 2013

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