National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 7, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Panel Discussion at the Black Archives of Mid-America

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Saturday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the Black Archives of Mid-America will host a panel discussion highlighting the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This program will take place at the Black Archives of Mid-America, and is located at 1722 East 17th Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri.

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on Wednesday, August 28 of that year. The March was planned and initiated by A. Philip Randolph, the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, president of the Negro American Labor Council and vice president of the AFL-CIO. The 1963 March was an important part of the rapidly expanding Civil Rights Movement. It also marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. The March called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic I Have a Dream speech advocating racial harmony during the event. The March was organized under the theme of "jobs and freedom." Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 to 300,000 and it is estimated that 7580% of the marchers were African American and the remainder were Caucasian and other ethnic groups. The March is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Activities at the Black Archives on Saturday, August 24 will include:

Noon 2:00 p.m. -- Exhibit tours including a new temporary display featuring local Civil Rights leaders including documents and photos from the Kansas City Urban League, NAACP, SLCL, SAC20, the collection of Dr. Julia Hill, and Freedom, Inc. Films and songs from the Civil Rights movement including Sweet Honey and the Rock, Sam Cooke, and Fannie Lou Hamer.

2:00 p.m. -- Panel discussion that will cover the history of the March and its legacy today. Panelists include Dr. Delia Gillis, of the University of Central Missouri; Sharon Sanders Brooks, former Kansas City Councilwoman and State Representative; Dr. Linwood Tauheed, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and representatives from Generation Rap of 103.3FM KPRS radio. Local residents who attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will be recognized at the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

To make a reservation for this free event call 816-221-1600 or visit .

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

The Black Archives of Mid-America serves to collect and preserve the history of African Americans in the Midwest. The collections, educational programs, research services, and special projects facilitate both scholarly inquiry and public understanding of African American history.

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