The Afro-American

The Afro-American — Aug. 31, 1963 Readable PDF

The Afro-American is a leading publication in the black press and commits itself to the interests of the African-American community. The issue from Aug. 31, 1963, focuses on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held Aug. 28 that year. The headline, "We Shall Overcome! 200,000 Voices Will Be Heard!" illustrates the Afro-American's support of the demonstration and gives the paper a picket-sign quality. The march is praised for giving "birth to a new national conscience." The Afro-American's article, coupled with photos of an activist "Skating for Freedom" and young marchers arriving at the capital, make clear that the civil rights movement was an issue of importance for every U.S. citizen, black or white.

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