Aug. 28, 1963, was one of the most important days for the civil rights movement. Over 200,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Magnum photographer Leonard Freed (1929-2006) was there documenting that historic day.
Leonard Freed is best known for his image of Martin Luther King Jr. after King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march.
Though the name "March on Washington" is well known, the full title of the gathering was called the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."
This United States Information Agency photograph of the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963, shows civil rights and union leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph L. Rauh Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and Walter Reuther.
The crowd gathers at the National Mall.
People sing together during the rally.
Ten leaders of the civil rights movement met with President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Labor Secretary W. Willard Wirtz, and Burke Marshall, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, in the cabinet room of the White House during the demonstration.
The marchers were entertained by big names such as Ossie Davis, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Jackie Robinson.