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They marched on Washington. What don’t you know?

by The 100 Companies
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We’ve all heard MLK Jr.’s famous speech. But what have you missed about this storied march?

• A. Philip Randolph originally planned the march in 1941, but FDR passed an executive order against discrimination, and the march was cancelled.

• The official name is the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

• Before the march, JFK worried that it was the wrong timing. MLK responded, “Frankly, I have never engaged in any direct-action movement which did not seem ill-timed.”

• Speeches weren’t the only performances of the march. Multiple artists performed live, including Bob Dylan.

This August, celebrate this historic event by joining the virtual march.

– Margot Calmar, The 100 Companies

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