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50th Anniversary of March on Washington Celebrated at Pasadena Public Library

50th Anniversary of March on Washington Celebrated at Pasadena Public Library


PASADENA, Calif. — Join us for a two-part celebration of the 50th anniversary of the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a watershed in the struggle for civil rights in the United States at Pasadena Public Library’s Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave. in August. The March, which culminated with Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). 

At 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 17,Peter Dreier, Occidental College professor and author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012), will introduce a screening of the award-winning documentary, Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.  The lead organizer for the March on Washington, Rustin, according to Dreier, used “his immense talents—as an organizer, strategist, speaker, intellectual, and writer—to effectively challenge the economic and racial status quo.  Always an outsider, he helped catalyze the civil rights movement with courageous acts of resistance.”  

Then at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, folk singer Ross Altman will present the Musical Legacy of the Great March, a program of folk music originally performed at the March on Washington by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Len Chandler, and Peter, Paul and Mary.  The performance will also include a few songs that became prominent in the months leading up to the March from the 1963 Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and the Mississippi Freedom Singers, and in the aftermath (such as Richard Farina’s “Birmingham Sunday”), and will conclude with a 50th anniversary remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  

For more information on the program, contact Shauna Redmond at (626) 744-7260 or sredmond@cityofpasadena.net.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2013, PPL#07-51-13   

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Catherine Haskett Hany, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-4207, chany@cityofpasadena.net or Shauna Redmond, Manager, Allendale Branch Library
(626) 744-7260, 




Posted: 7/31/2013 09:15:00 AM
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