James Garner joined Diahann Carroll, at The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation’s capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.
The event included musical performances by Marian Anderson; Joan Baez; Bob Dylan; Mahalia Jackson; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Josh White. Charlton Heston—representing a contingent of artists, including Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Diahann Carroll, Ossie Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Paul Newman, and Sidney Poitier—read a speech by James Baldwin, while Josephine Baker introduced several “Negro Women Fighters for Freedom,” including Rosa Parks.
Our Enduring Shame: As late as the 1970s, successful African American acts were not issued shirts, while their Caucasian counterparts were issued matching white jumpsuits and jaunty scarves. Thankfully, this barbaric practice was stopped by an Executive Order during the Carter Administration. Learn more at PBS.org.