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Teaching About the 1963 March on Washington, Grades 6-8

Lessons, Activities, and Resources Explore the Events Leading up to the August 28 Event, and Help Place It in Historical Context

Found In: language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

August 28th is the 56th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. Examine the March with these lessons, background resources, audios, and videos Grades 6-8.

Lesson Plans

Who Was Bayard Rustin (PDF icon PDF, 724 KB, 12 pgs.)
Students in grades 6-8 examine why Bayard Rustin, the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and an important leader in the civil rights movement, has been largely forgotten.

March on Washington Economics (PDF icon PDF, 358 KB, 6 pgs.)
Students in grades 6-8 use data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on unemployment rates in the United States to generalize about African-American unemployment from the end of World War II to the 1963 March.


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
This resource has lesson plans for middle school and high school and other resources and documents related to the March on Washington.

Background Resources


Proposed March on Washington (1941)
During WWII, A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, called for a massive demonstration of blacks to demand jobs in the defense industry. This proposed demonstration was a blueprint for the 1963 March on Washington.

The Call to Negro America to March on Washington (1941), A. Philip Randolph
The text of Randolph’s call for support.


An Oral History of the March on Washington
Text, photographs, videos, and interviews with the leaders who were there.


Never-Before-Seen Photographs of the March on Washington
Stanley Tretick’s photographs have never been published before.


Eyes on the Prize: March on Washington
This section of the PBS series covers the March and includes text, music, video, and photographs.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963
Articles on the March by Freedom Movement Veterans.

The March on Washington, August 1963: Power to the People
Life magazine’s coverage of the March in text and photos.

The March on Washington
The March from planning to aftermath, including JFK’s stance and public opinion.


Behind the March on Washington
This 40th anniversary (2003) program examines the struggles to stage the event. It links to many related resources.





last updated: June 4, 2019


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