The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is observed this August as a watershed event for the United States. The gathering on August 28, 1963 drew 250,000 to the nation’s capital to call for racial and economic justice.
Delve deeper than a short news report on the anniversary with resources on the civil rights movement available through the Cobb County Public Library System. Below is a sampling, with an emphasis on Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the highlight of the event:
- Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is a recently published memoir by historian Clayborne Carson, editor of the King Papers.
- Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones, a speechwriter and counsel to King.
- NPR American Chronicles: Civil Rights is a three-CD set on the movement. This item is on order.
- I have a dream is an illustrated juvenile book with text of the speech.
- Cobb African American Connection is a group of materials on the lives of African Americans in the Georgia Room at the Switzer Library in Marietta.
- The Civil Rights Digital Library, an initiative of GALILEO and the University of Georgia featuring primary documents, news videos, and more on the movement, is available online through CCPLS.