Pilgrimage: March on Washington

UNITED STATES

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, celebrated 50 years ago today, is the top “Historic Pilgrimage,” according to National Geographic’s Places of a Lifetime book series. (National Geographic Books)

Use our resources to better understand the march and its appeal as a pilgrimage for thousands of Americans supporting civil and economic rights for all citizens.

Discussion Ideas

  • Read our “media spotlight” on the March on Washington, focusing on the First Amendment. How do the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment protect both religious and secular pilgrimages like the March on Washington?
    • The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to protest the government: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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