March on Washington ,
The March on Washington, which was attended by 200,000 to 300,000 people, took place in August 1963 and was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The March called for civil and economic rights for African Americans and is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act and motivating the Selma to Montgomery marches, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
In 2011,the Washington Monument sustained damage during an earthquake, which caused cracks to form near its top. Currently, the monument is closed for repairs while its exterior is surrounded scaffolding.
Historic photograph Unknown
Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein