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NMAAHC Honors ‘March on Washington’ Anniversary

Museum’s Grand Opening Film “August 28” To Air Publicly for 24 Hours

Fifty years after more than 200,000 people gathered on the National Mall to march for jobs and freedom, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will commemorate the 1963 “March on Washington” with a digital resource webpage exploring the historical significance of the historic march with collection objects, stories, videos and other related content.
The page will include the voices of A. Phillip Randolph, Rep. John Lewis, and many unsung activists and a performance by singer Marian Anderson.
To mark the Aug. 28 anniversary, the museum will also make available for 24 hours, the film commissioned for its grand opening by Ava Duvernay titled, “August 28: A Day in the Life of a People.” The film will be available to view on the museum’s homepage and YouTube channel starting at 10 a.m.
“This Friday marks the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, which in 1963, brought together more than a quarter-million people advocating for racial justice,” said Spencer Crew, NMAAHC acting director. “Demonstrations have long been a way for American citizens to help the nation live up to its stated ideals, making Friday’s anniversary and march not just a commemoration, but the continuation of an American tradition that began centuries ago.” Crew continued, “Evidence of not only how far we have come since 1963, but the long journey ahead to justice and equality.”
Friday, Aug. 28:
NMAAHC presents “Why We March,” a three-minute video exploring the role of marching in social justice reform.
“A Day in the Life of a People,” available publicly for 24 Hours
The 22-minute film features six significant events in African American history that occurred Aug. 28.
Visit @NMAAHC’s YouTube channel Friday, Aug. 28, to see the film.

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