The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom


In this immersive lesson plan, students will explore the impact of the March on Washington, from its goals, to its participants, to how this singular event reflects the Civil Rights Movement at large. Using activities, charts, speeches, essays, and guided discussion, students will consider the historical context of the March, as well as the diversity of peoples participating in this epic moment in American History.

This resource is part of Living the Legacy from the Jewish Women's Archive, an exploration of the roles of American Jews in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements.

The lesson plan includes several components, including the following:

  • Three document studies
    • What were the goals and messages?
    • What role did religion play?
    • Who participated?
  • Introductory essays
  • Small group and large group activities
  • Discussion questions
  • Analysis guide of images from the March
  • Teacher resources

Cover image courtesy of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, 1963.



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