Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington Overview

This clip describes the purpose and impact of the March on Washington as well as the events that took place during the march. It mentions a lesser-known fact that Dr. Martin Luther King gave his I Have A Dream speech during the march not because he planned to do so, but because no one else wanted to be the last speaker at the event. Dr. King's prepared speech did not include the I Have A Dream segment, but he gave a speech about his dream at the request of Mahalia Jackson.

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  1. What are two new facts about Dr. Martin Luther King that you learned from the video?
  2. Why do you think the television audience watched until the end of Dr. Martin Luther King's speech?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify contributions of historical figures, including Sam Houston, George Washington, Abraham Linc...
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    identify contributions of historical figures, including Sam Houston, George Washington, Abraham Linc...
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    identify the accomplishments of individuals and groups such as Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Dwight...
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    identify the roles of significant leaders who supported various rights movements, including Martin L...
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    compare and contrast the approach taken by some civil rights groups such as the Black Panthers with ...
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    discuss the impact of the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. such as his "I Have a Dream" speech and...

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