Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. On this day in history, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. These archival images take a look back at civil rights events leading up to the march, moments from that day, and the years after the march.

Photo credits: Religion News Service file photos, Library of Congress and ELCA Archives

Categories: Beliefs

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.


  1. I would suggest changing the word “infamous,” which generally has a negative connotation.

  2. I was only nine yrs old at the time of the march. but i remember my parents talking about it. I would love to be a part of history like that. I do hope that it will be televised so I can get to see it.

    • Adelle M. Banks

      Thanks for commenting, Lavonne. Do you recall what your parents said about the march?