A Historic Day In Images


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.



Rev. Al Sharpton links arms with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), as they are joined by other civil rights activists and politicians to march during the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial



Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial



Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, speaks at the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial



Hamil Harris: William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with same sign he marched with in ’63




Reverend Al Sharpton hugs Martin Luther King III at the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington





Reverend Al Sharpton speaks at the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington





Thousands line up near the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, 2013, to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr famously declared: ‘I have a dream.’



Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evans, speaks at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial



 Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial




Reverend Al Sharpton reaches out to hug the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams after she speaks at the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington




Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington



A marcher holds a sign of slain youth Trayvon Martin as he attends the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial





Marchers gather along the reflecting pool on the National Mall during the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial


(FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Lu


The Rev. Bobby Turner of Columbus, Ohio, places his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.



Martin Luther King Jr. – “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, but It Bends Toward Justice”


136 Responses to “A Historic Day In Images”

    • 2 Dudette
      August 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Quite a day Indeed okey.

      Congrats on being the first commenter on this beautiful post!

      • August 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm

        thanks I have been glued to TOD all day witnessing the lovely work that is provided to us by chips and her blog tyrants its been a marvelous day , thanks Ut and Chips for the coverage

  1. August 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Just beautiful UT, a stunning collection of images, a perfect way to end an amazing day. Thank you legend!

  2. 9 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm


  3. August 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    The only speech I missed was Trayvon’ s mother. I went to see Lee Daniels The Butler and cried my eyes out.

  4. August 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Lovely post, UT. You, LP and Chips have beautifully honored the memory of MLKJr and all those who stood and died for justice. Thank you.

    #FORWARD Together

  5. 12 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Excellent pictorial recap, UT. Love the pictures you chose. You have a terrific eye.

    • 13 utaustinliberal
      August 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm


      • August 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        You are truly amazing UT. I have enjoyed every single picture. Thank you so much.

        • 15 utaustinliberal
          August 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

          Thank you so much. I’m glad that you enjoyed the pictures. Thank you.

          • 16 jacquelineoboomer
            August 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

            Out of all the images today, the one of the Rev. Bobby Turner, placing his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, was my takeaway. Says it all, as in the old signs held high that read: “I Am A Man.”

            • 17 Dudette
              August 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

              Me too, jac. It struck my deeply.

              • 18 jacquelineoboomer
                August 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm


                • August 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

                  I’m with you. A moment of quiet solitude reaching out to something greater, hopeful. Just absolutely amazing.

                  • 20 jacquelineoboomer
                    August 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

                    I have a shelf of framed family photos in my home. I wrote out a line that’s framed, and I display it with them. It says “I see poetry in your faces” (just so they know how I feel about ’em). That’s how your words all day long today are grabbing me, meta! I see poetry in your words. Quite the amazing day, all around, isn’t it?

                    • August 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

                      I’m just amazed at the whole turn of events. So many people ready to come forward, to speak out, to fight for justice, to let the world know we are not done. We are a solid coalition and sometimes we forget that in the face of such ugly displays of hate and racism day in and day out.

                      Love that you see poetry in your family. That’s exactly how it should be. Love ya, J.

                    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
                      August 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

                      Love ya back, meta. And I agree, it’s been wonderful to be reminded how many people and groups and organizations are working, day in and day out, for the betterment of all of our citizens … starting with the smart, cute guy at the top, who lives and works in the White House!

                  • 23 nathkatun7
                    August 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

                    Very well said, Meta!

  6. 24 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Had to go out around 4:00; knew I’d come back and be able to catch up. Thanks, once again. repost from earlier:

  7. 25 MightyPamela
    August 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Brilliant day, thank you everyone!

  8. 26 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Note the distinction in this March from some very recent “protests” like the Tea Party rallies, OWS, etc:

    There were no signs with aggressive words, pictures of weapons of violence, slurs, insults, defaced pics of disliked politicians, effigies, etc.

    There were clear calls to action, and a clear iteration of the SPECIFIC things people were fighting for and what needed to be done, not just random complaints about “government.”

    • August 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Stop reading my mind….LOL ! Thought about how those others really don’t have the goodness of a march such as this. Those others came with misery in their hearts…..far cry from the hope and clear vision of today’s marchers.

    • 28 mtmarilyn
      August 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      I had been thinking the same thing. This gathering is a call to action, not a call to complain. Cspan is replaying the speeches. I missed some so this is wonderful. All the speakers were so inspiring. They uplifted you.

    • 29 4morefor44
      August 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      such a great point. it’s shocking to see the amount of open calls for violence at republican/teebagger events, especially toward the democratically elected president who won by very wide margins each time. of course “the news” covers all that up for them though.

      and these republicans claim the darker complected people are the “savages” and “animals.” today’s event is about uplifting people and positivity. what a telling difference.

    • 30 nathkatun7
      August 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Indeed! As always, Hopefruit, your comment goes to the heart of the matter!

  9. August 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    What a gorgeous wonderful day. So many moments of pride and strength. We are so grateful for this progress and for our continued struggle to move FORWARD!!

  10. 32 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    • 33 Dakota
      August 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Great! I saw it last week and I HIGHLY recommend it. Everyone should see it, but especially our young people who will get a real history of the civil rights movement. The acting is wonderful…Forrest Whitaker is amazing!

    • 34 Dudette
      August 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I’m so happy it’s been so well received. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do.

    • 36 idon
      August 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I saw the Butler on opening night, Friday August 16th in a very upscale area in Reno, NV. The theater was packed. It is a movie that I loved and I could see over and over again. I loved his tenacity. His great courage. His ability to grow and change and get free by joining his son at one of his rallies. I loved loved every actor who played in this movie. But I especially loved Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and the young actor who played the Butler’s rebellious son. I’m 62 years old and I hope young people can see the dignity and courage and hope of the Butler.

  11. 38 Dakota
    August 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Any reports on the number of people that attended?

  12. August 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you, UTA, for this collection of moving photos from today.

    I left a comment (the last one, I believe) on the last thread about LP’s historical post, which will be savored as we approach Wednesday’s anniversary.

    Based on the President’s comments this month, I think that THIS will be the speech that supporters wanted dearly to hear on Inauguration Days 2009 and 2013.

    PBO said yesterday that he’s got nothing to lose and he’s ready to fight for his agenda (today is the first day, so to speak).

    PBO and AG Holder both seem to be revving up for upcoming intense battles.

    I wonder how the voter suppression will play out in purple states with GOP Govs? Here’s an example from Florida:

    • August 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Arapaho – America has never seen what it will experience in the next 14 months and the subsequent 26 months. Our President, Our AG, the entire Cabinet and many many others are going to put it all on the line. #KOCHSTERS (aka GOP), #Teabaggers, various libertarian cults, etc., have no idea what is headed their way and they have absolutely no capacity to contend because, at their core, they are chicken shits.

      #TrustBarack And get ready to rumble ….

      • 43 idon
        August 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Amen!! We need to bring it especially in the voting booth. I will be out getting out the vote in Northern Nevada. We need to remove every single KOCHSTER (GOP) at the city, county, state and federal level. These nutjobs are trying to destroy our country.

      • 44 jackiegrumbacher
        August 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

        Bob, this is what I’ve been praying for. We all have to be behind the president when he makes this grand push–no slackers, no second guessers, no cowards. We have to support him in every move and spend every spare hour registering voters and getting the message out. We cannot, absolutely cannot let the destructive bastards in Congress and in our state houses destroy our country. Too many have died for this and too many have endured hardship and suffering for us to give anything less than our total commitment.

      • 45 Cindy Sweatt
        August 25, 2013 at 1:29 am

        Does anyone know how I can change my e-mail on my wordpress account? I switched companies and bought a new computer on the same weekend. I am overwhelmed.

  13. August 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    It all reduces to how a Nation cares for its children ….

    America currently has an F Rating.

    #LandSlideDEMS2014 for the sake of America’s children

    Yes We Can

    • August 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Agree wholeheartedly with both of these items.

      How do our MSM get paid to report on “vacation-gate” or treat “impeachment” as news instead of what’s going on right under our noses? Greed and heartlessness, division instead of unity.

      • 48 nathkatun7
        August 24, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        The MSM are basically doing the bidding of their corporate owners. They are not at all interested in reporting truth about the crucial issues facing this country. Many act seem intent on acting like propagandist for the Republicans. Most MSM, however, have become, as Bobfr appropriately labeled them, “newstainers.” News is no longer about reporting facts; rather news is now about entertainment, hype and sensationalsimt. These are the truths, about the so called MSM, that we must, sadly, come to terms with.

  14. August 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I love that flag with PBO on it!!

  15. 50 yardarm756
    August 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    It was a beautiful day to remember and to try to bring young folks along. I do however, have s sense of foreboding from what I see in the young faces. I don’t see the same commitment to passive resistance and non-violence. I don’t think these young are gonna tolerate too much pushing especially if the abuse becomes physical.
    I shudder to think.

    • 51 Dakota
      August 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Yard, I’ll be honest, it ain’t just the young ones…I couldn’t do it. My leanings back then were more toward Malcolm and the Panthers. My sister-in-law, who is a bit older than me actually went in to training to be a freedom rider, but when she found out she couldn’t retaliate if assaulted, she bowed out.

      • 52 yardarm756
        August 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        I’m just sayin’ Dakota. Believe or not the Panthers primary goal was to teach everyone the Constitution and start with the 2nd Amendment. The original were mostly college educated and sat out to protect what they already had. Through force of arms if necessary. We all know how that worked out.
        I think one way to get folks attention is if ALL blacks suddenly became “sportsmen/women”. They should all descend on Wal-Mart and any place that sells guns and buy up all the guns and ammo available. I guarantee the news, NRA, and gun toting, law abiding folks will have some issues.

        • 53 Dakota
          August 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm

          Well Yard, I’m from Oakland…I used to work on the breakfast program and knew a number of the founding members. You’re from Chicago. I bet we could have some interesting conversations about that time in our history.

          • 54 yardarm756
            August 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

            Oh hell yeah my Brotha! I had relatives that worked at NAS Alameda and lived around 95h & Mac. One of our Congressman was a Panther. Hell, I even lived in Navy housing in Berkley back in ’61. Sheesh. Such a long time ago.

        • 56 99ts
          August 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm

          Earlier story about a white customer being scared of a group of black folks waiting to be seated for dinner – imagine if your folks took those guns they bought into the local starbucks. How soon would that coffee shop change its rules?

    • 58 nathkatun7
      August 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      “I don’t think these young are gonna tolerate too much pushing especially if the abuse becomes physical.”

      You make a very good point, Yardarm! Especially when there are no workshops training the young ones (or any one of any age for that matter) about the methods and discipline of nonviolence. During the 60s, people, like the Rev. James Lawson, went around teaching students about the methods and the discipline of nonviolence. Contrary to what some people think, nonviolence requires both tremendous courage as well as a great deal of of mental and physical discipline.

      • 59 yardarm756
        August 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

        All bets are off my friend. Hopelessness trumps it all. The light at the end of the tunnel is of no value if you can’t find that tunnel.

  16. August 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    On another topic, the sheer greed of GOV politicians and their donors is simply breathtaking:

    Their donors think nothing of dropping a cool half million on their candidate of choice, but don’t see the cruelty in the way they treat people closer to home (WTF docking wages of household help for not replacing shampoo bottles when they’re one-third empty? No doubt the CEO is bald and a third of a bottle of shampoo would probably last a year, if not a lifetime.)

  17. August 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    And where’s the MSM on this story?

    Drives me nuts that publications that the MSM dismiss as “fringe” are the ONLY source of this info, which every American voter should know as the heartless GOP enact sequesters and try to eliminate food assistance for those citizens in need.

    • 63 MightyPamela
      August 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      This is appalling, the filthy secrets they don’t want anyone to know. But we live in an age of information, and they cannot hide the truth forever. May this story go viral, and many others follow it!

  18. August 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Watching the Highlights of the March on cspan….Ghandi’s grandson spoke…wow..missed that the first time around

  19. 68 JER
    August 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

  20. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    • 83 nathkatun7
      August 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

      Thanks JOB for sharing sfpelosi’s spot-on tweet. She is truly amazing. I am sure Mon is proud of her. Her tweet captures the essence of the teabaggers. I also think that MLK’s observation applies to the “holier than thou” progressive haters of President Obama who repeatedly claim that he is the same if not worse

      • 84 jacquelineoboomer
        August 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Those holier-than-thou progressive haters are anything BUT holier-than-thou!

        It was quite a day, wasn’t it, nath?

        • 85 nathkatun7
          August 25, 2013 at 1:28 am

          Yes it was JOB! I wish I was in D.C. My niece in DC, who is quite young, was absolutely besides herself about how much she loved taking part in today’s commemorations. To be honest, I shed a few tears today remembering all the heroes who are no longer with us. But I was also so joyful and inspired (thanks to Chips, UT and LP) by all the speakers, young and old, who are as dedicated as ever to fight for Truth, Justice, and Equality. Even more gratifying was the fact that I got all my info on TOD and didn’t have to put up watching corporate media which, I am certain, would have been dominated by self-important pundits trying interpret for me what I saw and heard from those who spoke today.

          • 86 jacquelineoboomer
            August 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

            Well, you almost brought tears to my eyes, nath, with your words. Yesterday was quite the day; the week will be quite the week, and I cannot wait to see what Wednesday will bring. I’m so happy for your niece, to have taken part in the commemoration on Saturday! And, I, too, stayed totally away of the know-nothing pundits and plan to continue.

  21. August 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Good riddance to Mayor Bloomberg. #jackass

    Thank goodness the voters will decide this election, not the NY Times.

    Here’s the single page version of this long article, which probably isn’t worth reading in full.

  22. 89 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  23. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

  24. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    • 92 Dudette
      August 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I’m running out of Kleenex y’all. Stop it.

      • 93 jacquelineoboomer
        August 24, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        I used to work for the Navy and the command would allow it’s teleconferencing unit to be shared certain evenings (outside work hours) by local military families with loved ones overseas … that made me proud!


  25. 94 desertflower
    August 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I think we should help get this message out for these folks….. FB, Twitter…etc I think they need to feel big pain in their bottom line….


  26. 97 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    For VC and anyone who love Sweet Honey In the Rock

  27. 101 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  28. 102 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  29. 103 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    • 104 mtmarilyn
      August 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Dudette, you rock!!!! Thank you for all your great tweets!

      • 105 Dudette
        August 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        Thanks mtmarilyn. It’s been a fun day.

        Fortunately, I’ve been working from home so I could catch some of the historical moments tweet out a tidbit here and there. Can’t tell you how grateful I am to Chips and UT, and LP for their epic work coverage of the March. Bravissimo, Blog Tyrants!!!! 😀

        • 106 mtmarilyn
          August 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

          We are really blessed to be a part of this wonderful community. Knowing we are not alone in any area is such a blessing. And getting to enjoy everyone’s talents is so special. This has truly been a great day.

  30. August 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm


  31. 110 anniebella
    August 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Anyone see FLOTUS on that show Sabado Gigante tonight?

  32. August 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Are we ever going to get a number of attendees?????

  33. August 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    What a great, sweet day. I cried often remembering. Thanks Chips, UT. Was too busy to watch any of it, but I listened on XM as long as possible and now all these lovely photos to relive the day.. A million thanks for making that possible.

  34. 114 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Off-topic but awesome!

    Go Hug a Nurse!!

  35. 123 otter 44
    August 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you Ms. Chipsticks and UT from the bottom of my soul for your postings today. I sang and cried and reflected on the dignity and courage of the marchers and the eloquence and heart of the speakers.

  36. 124 nathkatun7
    August 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Dear Chips, LP and UT! Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for making today so special for people like me who couldn’t make it to DC to be part of this historic moment! All your posts are, as usual, absolutely amazing! Again, THANK YOU for all you did to honor those who are no longer with us as well as highlight those who continue to inspire us.

  37. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

  38. August 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I think something is about to happen in Syria. POTUS and his team are preparing all their options. Don’t be surprised if there is some sort of intervention soon………

  39. August 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    August 24, 2013 is the start of days to be remembered. HISTORICAL!
    And to top it off, we have some exceptional Blog Tyrants (as AMK would say) in Chips, UT and LP who not only portrayed the day for us as we could not be there, but did it with such love, patience and dedication.

    Today was so peaceful and as Hopefruit mentioned couple treads back that this was so much the opposite of what we would have seen at a TeaParty rally. There would be signs – misspelled, angry, effigy, guns/weapons and hate. Typical of that group of people.

    Thanks for this place of calm and knowledge.

    Really enjoyed the day.

  40. 135 nathkatun7
    August 25, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I hope between now and Wednesday, someone speaking at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, or some one writing about today’s commemorations, will give A.Phillip Randolph a major shout out! The 1963 March on Washington was pretty much his brainchild. It was indeed reminiscent of his 1941 call for a March on Washington, which prompted FDR to issue Executive Order 8802 requiring defense industries to cease discriminating against Black workers. It was also reminiscent of his post WW II call for Blacks to refuse to be drafted in a Jim Crow military, which forced Harry Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 calling for the desegregation of the military. I point this out to show how long the Black freedom struggle, which has so many heroes and so many martyrs, has been going on. By the time he organized the 1963 March on Washington, with the assistance of Bayard Rustin, A Phillip Randolph had already logged in 45 years of struggle for Black freedom and the right of workers to form unions to bargain for their rights. In 1963, A. Philip Randolph passed the baton of leadership to MLK. As Myrlie Evers-Williams said to day, it’s time to see the old generation of black leaders pass the baton of leadership to a new generation of leaders. It’s also important that the new young leaders base their leadership on the deep roots planted by past leaders.

  41. 136 HZ
    August 25, 2013 at 1:18 am

    I just want to say, ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Thank you Chips, UT, LP and all who made this our home site a beauty today))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))HZ

    My heart is full with gratitude to all who shared in this” Historic March With Our Conversation in our TOD family on August 24, 2013″.HZ

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