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On August 28, 1963, something quite amazing occurred. On that day, one of the largest political rallies ever took place in support of civil and economic rights of African-Americans, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, gave one of the most stirring speeches in history when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
This book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of this address and includes narrative and more than 100 stunning photos from the march in Birmingham, Alabama, through the March on Washington. The photographs come from Bob Adelman, one of the most notable photographers of this movement. His work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, and the Associated Press. It is authored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization in which Dr. King served as the first president.
Foreword—By Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Chairman, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, iv
The Earliest Days, 1
Somber Days for Humanity, 1
The Emancipation Proclamation, 5
Transcript of the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863, 6
Steps Forward and Back, 9
Fighting for the Rights Due All Americans: The Road to the March, 11
The March Itself: Photographs and Captions, Bob Adelman, 47
The Full Text of the “I Have a Dream” Speech, 182
The Aftermath: 1963–April 4, 1968, 225
The Civil Rights Act, 225
The Voting Rights Act, 227
Ongoing SCLC Activities, 228
The Day the King Fell, 230
The SCLC Through the Years That Lay Ahead, 231
Fifty Years Later, a Look at Today—By Dr. Rodney Sampson, 233
Timeline of Events, 237
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 245
Bob Adelman, 247
MARCH Graphic Novel Excerpt, 249