Pasadena Public Library’s Allendale Branch is celebrating 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. The 1963 March, which culminated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’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).
Beginning at 2 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.
At 2 p.m., Saturday, August 31, folk singer Ross Altman will present 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 and will conclude with a 50th anniversary remembrance of the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Allendale Branch Library is at 1130 S. Marengo Ave. For more information call (626) 744-7260.