NALC will join labor leaders, union members, civil rights leaders, activists, clergy and other activists from across the country on Saturday, Aug. 26 in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and reaffirm our commitment to fighting for and protecting the rights of working people. If you are in the DMV area, please mark your calendar and join us for this important day of solidarity and people power.
On August 28, 1963, labor and civil rights leaders organized The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a march and rally held in Washington, D.C. to advocate for the rights and freedoms of working people across the country, culminating in Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The message of the march was clear: Every person should have the right to vote, access to a living wage, freedom from discrimination, and respect and dignity in workplace. An estimated 250,000 people attended the march, and this seminal moment in our country’s history helped galvanize significant victories for civil and workers’ rights. Sixty years later, the fight for progress continues.
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Location: Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Pre-program: 8–11 a.m.
Program: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
March: 1–3 p.m.
The entrance for the rally and program is at the World War II Memorial on 17th Street NW. NALC members should gather at the front southern corner (left side) of the Reflecting Pool near the Lincoln Memorial. Click here for a map. There will be different unions gathered there. Please look for the NALC placard.
The march is a half mile in distance. Marchers will begin lining up at 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW and proceed south on 23rd Street, crossing through the median onto the southern portion of Independence Avenue toward Ohio Drive. Participants will march to West Potomac Park, serving as the dispersal point. Marchers will depart to a Metro station location, including Farragut West and Farragut North, Federal Triangle and Smithsonian. Anyone not marching will exit the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.