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August 28th, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It was during this march in 1963 that Dr. King gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that has reverberated for decades.

While we celebrate all that was achieved in the 50+ years since that march, we recognize that the “Dream” has not been fulfilled and the battle for justice is ongoing.


Dennis Van Roekel Speaks at March on Washington Celebration

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel speaks to thousands gathered at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

"I Was There": Teachers Are Witness to History at the March on Washington

Fifty years later, educators tell their amazing stories.

March on Washington: 50 Years Later:

On August 24th NEA was part of  the “National Action to Realize the Dream March”. This march is not just a commemoration, but a continuation of the efforts 50 years ago. Check out our photos and video clips.

NEA March on Washington 50 years: From NEA on Flickr:

They were there and made history. Check out the stories of NEA members who participated in the March on Washington, and were witnesses to that historic day. They have a unique perspective you will not find anywhere else.

Voting Rights Act anniversary marred by new attempts to curtail democracy

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has reached its 48th anniversary with this landmark piece of legislation facing a wave of attempts from misguided politicians who want to roll back the rights of millions of Americans at the ballot box.

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NEA Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Legacy

Revered the world over for his transformative role in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood the fundamental link uniting education, social justice and economic justice.

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2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award

There are committed and courageous men and women across America who have taken up the torch passed to us by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of those torch bearers is the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II of Goldsboro, NC. Rev. Dr. Barber combines powerful advocacy with purposeful action.


NEA Today Magazine Article 1983

Check out the NEA Today Magazine coverage of the March on Washington 20th Anniversary.Then NEA President Mary Hatwood Futrell told the huge crowd that America’s “new coalition of conscience” must stand together back home, stay together, and vote together.

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Bloomberg BNA - Daily Labor Report

Civil Rights - Labor Organizers Urge Renewal of Goals Outlined at 1963 March on Washington (PDF, 2pgs, 51kb)


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