March on Washington: 50 Years

Share your story

D.C. Headquarters March on WashingtonAug. 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, D.C. This event, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, played a major role in galvanizing national support for the Civil Rights Movement. In the lead-up to the anniversary of this event, the Washingtoniana Division is collecting stories from attendees for our Oral History Research Center collection.

We are also celebrating the anniversary with events at DC Public Library locations.

Were you at the march or know someone who was? We want to hear your story! We also want to preserve historical treasures that you may have! Here's how you can help:

Oral History Project

  • Between February and June 2013, Washingtoniana staff will generate a list of potential interviewees to be interviewed.
  • Approximately 3 to 5 individuals will be selected to be interviewed. Those participants will then to be invited to share their stories at a commemorative event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in mid-late August 2013.

Due to limited staff and the volume of work involved with conducting and transcribing interviews, we regret that all interviewees will not be selected to participate in the program. However, you may still contact us for your story to be permanently archived in Washingtoniana's March on Washington Oral History Collection.

March on Washington Memorabilia
In addition to the oral history project, the Division’s DC Community Archives is interested in collecting memorabilia from DC residents who attended the March. Photographs, programs, buttons, flyers, literature, and other ephemera will be accepted.

If you are interested in participating in this oral history project or have items that you wish to donate to the Archives, please contact:

We look forward to hearing from you!