Jobs & Freedom

Jobs & Freeedom

The next week will see commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. That’s what it’s often called now, but the event’s full name was really the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the original goals: A living minimum wage of $2.00 an hour.

Guess what? Even that paltry $2.00 in 1963 dollars would be $15.26 today. The 50th anniversary march has a lot of lost ground to cover.


“March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” King Encyclopedia, Stanford University

“The March on Washington was a march for ‘Jobs and Freedom,’” Kathleen Geier, Washington Monthly blog

“It’s still about jobs fifty years after the March on Washington,” Margaret Simms, Metrotrends

“‘A Freedom Budget for All,'” Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed

“Toward a Freedom Budget,” A. Philip Randolph, Dissent

“What Happened to Jobs and Justice?” William P. Jones, New York Times

“Fifty years after March on Washington, economic gap between blacks, whites persists,” Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post

“An Originalist View of the March on Washington: Decent Work and Wages as Civil Rights,”  William E. Forbath, American Constitution Society Blog

“Big, Glitzy Marches Are Not Movements,” Robin D. G. Kelley, Boston Review

“An Oral History of the March on Washington,” Smithsonian Magazine

“March On Washington,” Washington Post


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One Response to “Jobs & Freedom”

  1. The 1963 March on Washington Started in 1941 | NotionsCapital Says:

    […] Civil Rights demonstration on August 28, 1963 was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Jobs came first, since the right to vote means little without job opportunity and a living wage. […]

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