Thursday 22 Aug, 2013

March on Washington Anniversary Lesson Plans

The March on Washington—one of the largest political rallies celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 28, 2013. Advocating for civil and economic rights, this anniversary is a great chance for teachers to share with their students the history of the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr’s., “I Have a Dream” speech.

lincoln memorial

The Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, where the March took place in 1963.

Take a look at the insightful and engaging March on Washington lesson plans PBS NewsHour Extra put together and share your own lesson ideas in the comments.

March on Washington Info:

  • Estimates say there were around 200,000 to 300,000 people marching in D.C.
  • Participants stood at the Lincoln Memorial all the way down to the Washington Monument to hear Martin Luther King, Jr., give his historic speech
  • The event was officially called the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”

Several EF Explore America student tours touch upon the March of Washington, including the most popular Washington, D.C. student tours as well as D.C. & Williamsburg: A Walk Through African-American History.