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"Marchers to Converge on Lincoln Memorial" and "Washington Will be Symbol of U.S. Power Marchers" article in GRG newspaper

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This article in the Greenfield, Massachusetts Recorder was printed just a few days before the 1963 civil rights March on Washington. The march, organized to build support for federal civil rights legislation, would be the scene of the Reverend Martin Luther King's historic "I Have A Dream" speech. This article focuses on the contrast between the affluent capital area, where the rally will take place, and the poor African-American sections of the city. The reference to a recent football riot "bristling with racial overtones" reflects fears that the civil rights march itself might result in violence. No such violence occurred, enhancing the reputation of King and the protest movement.


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