The history department at Columbus State University is peering back into America’s civil rights struggle and its local ties to Georgia. The university has launched a year-long initiative to examine the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Dozens of people trekked to the top of Stone Mountain Wednesday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Stone Mountain was one of the places Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mentioned by name in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that day.
On August 29, 1963, newspapers across Georgia reported on the historic March on Washington. Below are the front pages from The Telegraph in Macon, the Savannah Morning News, the Augusta Chronicle, and the Athens Banner-Herald. As the old saying goes, "newspapers are the first rough draft of history."
Hundreds of Savannah State University students re-enacted events from the March on Washington Wednesday. They carried signs demanding equal rights, sang protest songs and re-staged Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech." It was one of several events in Savannah marking the march's 50th anniversary.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.
State and local officials are inviting the public to celebrate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at Stone Mountain. Organizers say the event will coincide with celebrations around the world, and will culminate with a bell-ringing ceremony.
Morehouse College will host a public program on its Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Wednesday as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The collection, which is housed at the Atlanta University Center library, includes more than 13,000 individual documents.
When it came to covering the March on Washington 50 years ago, black and white media organizations took different approaches. Major television networks devoted hours of live airtime to the event. And the impact of media coverage would change the nation’s understanding of the civil rights movement.