Today in 1963

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. NPR’s Code Switch has an amazing history project on Twitter, tweeting moments from 1963 as they happened then. Check it out.

10 comments for “Today in 1963

  1. August 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Holy shit, that is an awesome thing to do!

  2. de Pizan
    August 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    There’s an interesting piece in the New York Times about the night before and King’s improvisation onstage:

    • August 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks for linking to this. It adds a whole new dimension to the speech. I recorded the speech on TV today, and now I want to watch it again.

      Talk about MLK being inspired!

    • Donna L
      August 28, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you. I didn’t realize that.

  3. theLaplaceDemon
    August 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Wow. So cool! What an awesome and clever use of Twitter. Thanks!

    • trees
      August 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Here’s the synopsis:

      Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, A Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. But where were the female civil rights activists? At the historic march, only one woman spoke for just more than a minute: Daisy Bates of the NAACP. Today we are joined by civil rights pioneer Gloria Richardson, the co-founder of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee in Maryland, which fought to desegregate public institutions like schools and hospitals. While Richardson was on the program for the March on Washington, when she stood to speak she only had a chance to say hello before the microphone was seized. Richardson is the subject of a pending biography by Joseph R. Fitzgerald, “The Struggle is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation.” Richardson, 91, joins us to discuss the 1963 March on Washington and the censorship of women speakers; the Cambridge Movement to desegregate Maryland; her friendship with Malcolm X; and her assessment of President Obama and the civil rights struggle today.

      There’s also a full transcript available at that link.

    • Ms. Kristen J.
      August 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

      That was phenomenal. Thank you for posting it.

  4. Kerandria
    August 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

    These links are amazing, thank you so much! That’s an awesome use of twitter. <3

  5. Denise Winters
    August 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    That is such a great use of twitter and a really great way to connect with history.

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