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UAW's Reuther Plays Key Role In March on Washington

Monday, August 26, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington takes place Wednesday.

On August 28th, 1963, nearly 250,000 people from around the country marched to the Mall in Washington D.C. to hear remarks from civil rights activists. The climax of the event was Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

One of the forces working to make sure the march took place was United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther.

Mike Smith is the UAW archivist at Wayne State University’s Walter Reuther Library. He spoke with WDET’s Jerome Vaughn. Smith says Reuther provided invaluable assistance to march organizers.