The primary concern of this article addresses the reality of civil rights politics in 1963 and what it was like in the wake of the August 28, 1963 "March on Washington".
"Out of that demonstration in the capital, leaders say, came a new feeling of power and pride among American Negroes. In numbers alone, the march was impressive."
Although in our era, we remember the event primarily because it was the venue where Reverend Martin Luther King delivered his eloquent "I have a Dream" speech; it made no effect on this journalist whatever - he seemed only to remember the speechifying of John Lewis (b. 1940), Chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee:
"We will march through the South, through the heart of Dixie, the way Sherman did."
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