50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Stills and footage of the event available for licensing from Bridgeman.

Widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place 50 years ago on August 28th. The culmination of the event was Martin Luther King's historic 'I Have a Dream' speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Bridgeman has stills and footage of the event available for licensing. If you would like image research for an upcoming project, email our sales and research team at newyork@bridgemanimages.com

 

Composite of photographs by Nat Herz
Composite of photographs by Nat Herz

 

Photographer Nat Herz documented the March on Washington with a camera and pen:

It was very important to me to photograph inside the March not outside of it. I wanted to be subjectively part of it while objectively viewing it. I wanted to be swept by the heat of the day's changing emotions while coolly composing pictures in my camera's viewfinder. I wanted to relate pictures of single, mysterious individuals to the general throng of gathering thousands, relating the one to the many as is natural in a country with our nation's motto. It was necessary to show the ordinary happenings of people such as eating, napping, day dreaming taking on the extraordinary tones of a day to be looked at by other eyes than ours in time to come.”

-Nat Herz (excerpt from manuscript, © Barbara Singer)

 

Click to view Nat Herz's iconic photographs from the event.

Footage

Bridgeman is pleased to now offer footage of the March on Washington, including clips of the preparation and of marchers traveling by bus, Joan Baez singing to the crowd and excerpts of King's speech (below).

Click to view footage clips of the March on Washington

 

Click to play video and audio excerpts from the speech
Click to play video and audio excerpts from the speech

 


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