It was during this momentous event that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his moving and poignant "I Have a Dream Speech" and helped open the eyes of a nation to the great injustice that was marring this nation.
To honor and celebrate this anniversary there are all sorts of resources available. Time magazine has a great commemorative issue available on newstands. It contains interviews with people who were there and participated in the March along with beautiful photographs of the event.
Online, here are a few of my favorites.
~Text of King's famous speech.
~Did you know that the most memorable lines were given off the cuff and hadn't been written into the original speech text?
~Watch the march and speech here.
~34 photos of the March.
~David Brooks writes about the ideas behind the march.
~King's moving and poignant "Letter from Birmingham Jail".
~Resources on the civil rights movement from history.com
~NY Times front page and coverage from August 28, 1963
~LIFE original photos
~LIFE rare photos of MLK and the Freedom Riders