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What was the March on Washington?

You are a British reporter covering the March on Washington, which took place on 28 August 1968. You were at the event a few days ago and now it’s your job to write an article for a Sunday newspaper.

Stage 1: Research

Read all the sources in the case study on the March on Washington.

Stage 2: Reporting

Write your article. What is your headline? What are the main points that you want to make? Try to cover the following points:

  • What was the origin of the march and its purpose?
  • Who were the main speakers?
  • What was said?
  • What impact did the speakers have on you and on the crowd?
  • Comment on the size and nature of the crowd.
  • What was the atmosphere like?
  • What was the contribution of Martin Luther King to the event?
  • What was the significance of the event for civil rights?