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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Through Music

March On Washington

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for rights in U.S. history and where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his unforgettable “I Have A Dream” speech. Our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are looking back at the Civil Rights Movement through the key music that soundtracked the events, protests, and strides.

In the curators’ own words, the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement from Smithsonian Folkways playlist is composed of “seminal recordings that highlight the important role that music played in uniting, energizing, expressing, and sustaining momentum among participants in the African American civil rights movement.”

Listen to the emotions and the messages, and never forget how far we have come. In the word of the Broadside Singers, who close out this important set, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.”