Martin Luther King Jr. and The March on Washington to the Lincoln Memorial | BRIdge from the Past
What significance did the Lincoln Memorial have to the March on Washington? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines images of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The massive march of over 250,000 people culminated at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. How did King use American Founding documents to highlight the meaning of equality in his speech? How was this event similar and different to others that have taken place at the Lincoln Memorial over American history?
Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream,” August 28, 1963
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Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harold Ickes, & Racial Discrimination
What does the Lincoln Memorial mean to us today? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary examines pictures of Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial. After being denied a performance in Constitution Hall due to racial discrimination, Anderson was invited with the help of several individuals to deliver the biggest concert of her career in front of 75,000 people on Easter Sunday, 1939. How did Harold Ickes and Eleanor Roosevelt’s actions showcase a call for racial equality throughout the United States in 1939? What legacy did Anderson’s legendary performance have on the Lincoln Memorial?
The True Meaning of Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marian Anderson, and Respect
In this lesson, students will learn about the respectful action of Eleanor Roosevelt towards Marian Anderson. They will explore how this demonstration of respect helped shape Mrs. Roosevelt’s purpose and identity and learn how similar displays in their own lives can help them in like manner.