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Fifty years ago, in August 1963, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom became one of the biggest political rallies in the history of the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and the rally encouraged passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965). James Blue's documentary, produced for the United States Information Agency (USIA), was intended for use outside the country.
In 1990 Congress authorized the screening of USIA films domestically and, in 2008, The March to Washington was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.