Economic Policy Institute. August 5, 2013.
The March on Washington may be the most commemorated event in the history of the civil rights struggle in the United States. On August 28, 1963, in front of 250,000 demonstrators who packed the Mall between the Lincoln and Washington monuments, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the speech with his famous refrain, “I have a dream.” Those four words capture a popular, romantic image of King using soaring language to unify America in pursuit of a common goal, to create a society where everyone would be “judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin” (King 1963). Today, many activists and intellectuals draw a sharp distinction between policies to alleviate racial discrimination and those that challenge economic injustice. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
http://www.epi.org/files/2013/Unfinished-March-Jobs-and-Freedom.pdf [PDF format, 6 pages].