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The March on Washington 50 Years Later: Assessing the Dream

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While the march is best known for Martin Luther King Jr.’s rousing call for racial equality, its demands extended beyond civil rights and voting.

The 250,000 Americans who assembled around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool demanded the rights to get and keep a job, live in a decent home, obtain quality healthcare and education, and escape from poverty.

Throughout the month, Urban Institute researchers will be assessing how the nation has addressed these issues over the last 50 years, how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.