The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is Aug. 28 with many events planned leading up to it, including a March this Saturday. If you want to pitch a story related to the marches or if your newsroom is planning special coverage, Ready Reporter has resources for quicker, better and smarter coverage.
Some potential story leads and resources in your area might be:
- Local chapters of NAACP, Urban League, ACLU, or other civil rights or advocacy groups to find locals who went to the march for a profile
- Pastors of African-American congregations to find locals who marched
- Photographs from that era at your local historical archives
- Librarian who may have access to the archives of the local paper for on Aug. 28 and 29 to see how the story was covered
- Interview with a university historian or African American studies professor about the impact of the march
You can find helpful background resources here:
- Huffington Post list of daily events, beginning Aug. 21
- 50th anniversary coalition events
- National Action Network march on Aug. 24
- Background on marches around the country and a conference on civil rights in D.C.
- Martin Luther King National Historic Site
- Washington Post timeline of the civil rights era