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March on Washington: 1963

March on Washington: 1963

August 1963. "New York. Sidewalk sign outside the March on Washington headquarters building, 170 W. 130th Street." Photo by Werner Wolff for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

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Bill Landau: thanks for your posting.

Curious how a scant 5 lines can indicate a whole slice of other people's lives.

Sorry for the loss of your wife: too soon, she was only 3 years older than me and it's now almost 30 years since she passed. I will be thinking of this posting on Wednesday.

Why Arbor Day is a terrific idea

Bleak and uninviting in 1963, this block of West 130th looks immeasurably nicer today even though most of the buildings are largely unchanged on the outside. The big difference is that the formerly treeless block is now lined with sidewalk trees, a simple change that greatly softens 1963's stark appearance.

No. 170 is still there, as are the buildings just past it with the interesting brownstone stoops. Several of the buildings across the street were torn down and there's now a paved parking area on their site.

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Calendar sync!

90 years anniversary, and Wednesday is again 8/28!

[Um... next Wednesday will be the 50th anniversary of the march. -tterrace]

Uh - typo?!? Or short on coffee...

Memorable date

On that date, the 18-year-old girl (who was to become my wife 15 years later) headed from NYC to Washington with her grandfather, and had the incredible experience of hearing Martin Luther King, Jr., give his "I Have a Dream" speech. In her memory (she died in 1984), I will be at the Lincoln Memorial this Wednesday.

How Can?

How can marching around and making speeches create jobs?

[By leading to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII. - Dave]

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