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Why Was The Lincoln Memorial Chosen For The March On Washington

What are some events that took place at the Lincoln Memorial?

I assume that this is research for a class trip to Washington.

The teacher is probably looking for you to mention these events:

--Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, as one of the central events of a March on Washington in support of jobs and equal rights for Black Americans.

--Noted signer Marian Anderson, after being refused permission to perform at nearby Constitution Hall because she was Black, sang to a large audience from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

If you need more details, check this wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Mem...

What is the importance of the march on washington?

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a large political rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march. Approximately 250,000 people took part in the march; it is estimated that 200,000 were African American and 50,000 were white.

The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations. Following the march, the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the National Voting Rights Act (1965) were passed.

What did the MLK's March on Washington hope to accomplish?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The end of Jim Crow laws in the South.

And it was successful.

What was it like to be in front of the Lincoln Memorial or watching TV or listening to the radio on August 28, 1963, to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech?

It was hypnotic. Each time Martin told us that he had a dream, the world  was pulled one step closer inside it. I had never seen or heard anything like it. The crowd was rapt. I was charged with a feverish kind of love for my friend. By the time Martin quoted Samuel Francis Smith's "My Country 'Tis of Thee," I figured you could measure the tears of joy in the crowd by the gallon. And when he ended with a cried refrain from the spiritual that predated the Emancipation Proclamation, the dizzy sense of history—both past and future—struck me full force. I had heard and watched Dr. King speak many times before. But, one Wednesday Aug 28th, 1963, at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, before almost 275,000 people, black and white, at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it was as if some special cosmic force had taken over his body and voice. Never had I seen or heard him speak that way before. A shudder went through me as Martin finished. I knew then that I had witnessed something beyond my wildest expectations. Everyone there including me had just experienced something transcendent.

March on Washington, 1963 and some people involved!?

I lifted this from the source below. It gives more details.

"An estimated quarter of a million people—about a quarter of whom were white—marched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial."

"The event included musical performances by Marian Anderson; Joan Baez; Bob Dylan; Mahalia Jackson; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Josh White. Charlton Heston—representing a contingent of artists, including Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Diahann Carroll, Ossie Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Paul Newman, and Sidney Poitier–read a speech by James Baldwin."

"The two most noteworthy speeches came from John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr."

"The speakers included all of the "Big Six" civil-rights leaders (James Farmer, who was imprisoned in Louisiana at the time, had his speech read by Floyd McKissick); Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish religious leaders; and labor leader Walter Reuther. The one female speaker was Josephine Baker, who introduced several "***** Women Fighters for Freedom," including Rosa Parks."

In Forrest Gump, who is the man wearing the American Flag shirt in the scene where Gump gets involved with the anti-Vietnam protests?

Before there were Yuppies… there were the Yippies, the Youth International Party and Abbie Hoffman was one of their leading members.He was known for his American Flag shirt and his protests. He was an icon of the anti-war movement and the counterculture era, and thus a great figure to incorporate into the menagerie of historical figures that Forrest Gump meets along his adventures.The man who portrayed Abbie Hoffman in Forrest Gump was almost a dead ringer for him, too.Check out this picture:He was often seen in this shirt and it became synonymous with his brand… even when he wasn’t doing something so peaceful.He died of an intentional phenobarbital overdose in 1989 and the cover of People magazine highlighted him again in the same American flag shirt and even a modern day sweater version. (see inset)My favorite thing that Abbie Hoffman ever did…He wrote a book called… STEAL THIS BOOK, and in it he shared tips on readers on how to live life for free.This was probably the only book in history that was so successful in motivating others that it actually hurt its sales…Although it sold more than a quarter of a million copies in only 8 months in 1971… It could have sold a heck of a lot more.So many people literally followed the directions in the title to “Steal This Book” that most bookstores stopped carrying it before the end of the year to prevent any more further thefts.One last thing worth noting about Abbie Hoffman that makes me laugh…On August 28, 1973, police found suitcases of cocaine in his office, and he was arrested on drug charges for intent to sell and distribute.Abbie maintained that he was entrapped by undercover agents into doing a drug deal and that they planted the suitcases in his office.I could see planting a baggie that you might miss… but seriously, how high were you, Mr Hoffman, that you overlooked multiple suitcases of cocaine that were stashed all over your office?