On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event included performances by Marian Anderson and Bob Dylan, and speeches from John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the March, the National Archives Motion Picture Lab completed a full digital restoration of the James Blue’s 1964 film, The March, produced for the USIA. Using Blue’s original negatives, staff restored defects in the image and enhanced the audio track. The film documents the event from its preparations through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

You can view the documentary in its entirety on our YouTube Channel: http://ow.ly/ok5Tr

Do you remember the 1963 march, and do you plan on participating in the 50th anniversary celebrations today?