March on Washington Commemoration Events
Noon: Screening of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
Join us at noon to watch a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of 250,000. Be sure to stop by our Windows on America exhibit to view an original copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, referenced in the speech.
7:00 PM: Teach-In on the Voting Rights Act
A significant portion of the landmark 1965 legislation was recently declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Join scholars and civil rights leaders to learn about why the law was implemented, what it accomplished, and what has changed with the recent decision. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and offer their own memories of the Civil Rights Movement, and local organizations will be on hand to offer individuals information about how they are responding to the Court’s decision.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. Part of the Oregon Historical Society’s 2013 Oregon Black History series.