ESSENCE asked people why they attended and what they hope will change in the next 50 years.
Lawrence Cumberbatch describes his 13-day walk from New York to D.C. for the March on Washington.
A.P. Tureaud Jr. tells his friend Steven Walkley about becoming the first African-American undergraduate at Louisiana State University in 1953.
Jim McFarland remembers traveling from New York City to the south as a boy.
“My brother came home wearing an afro,” Judith Wilson recalls of the day her brother changed her life.
Memphis residents Kathy Dean Evans and Herb Kneeland recall the day they learned of the civil rights leader's assassination.
James Hanover Thompson, who as a child was wrongly accused of raping a White girl in 1958, recalls the details of North Carolina's "Kissing Case."
In this clip from StoryCorps, an Alabama woman recalls the ridiculous ways a White registrar once tried to keep her from voting.
Mamie Todd tells her daughter and grandson about demanding supplies from the White school superintendent while teaching at an all-black school in the 1930s.
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