The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the Caucus of African American Leaders and the City of Annapolis will host a commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington on Saturday August 26, 2023.
The program will include a march reenactment from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to City Dock, followed by a program of speakers. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at Navy Stadium. Marchers will depart Gate 5 (blue lot). The route will go down Clay Street to Calvert to Franklin to Church Circle to Main Street to City Dock. At City Dock, there will be youth activities at 10 a.m., followed by a program of speakers at noon, all taking place at Susan Campbell Park.
Along the route, there will be rolling road closures. Please follow Annapolis Police direction. At City Dock, there will be parking restrictions on Dock Street (pay attention to posted signage).
The Annapolis March commemorates the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that took place on and around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. At that event, quarter of a million people came to hear speakers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, widely recognized as the greatest Civil Rights speech of the 20th Century.
In Annapolis, 500 residents of the City and Anne Arundel County gathered at what is now People’s Park (Clay Street at Calvert Street) to board buses and travel the 36 miles to Washington to attend the March.
People from around the state of Maryland who attended the 1963 March on Washington are confirmed to attend the commemoration and include Annapolitan George Trotter. For more information about this event, visit aacaal.org/mow60thanniversary, email the organizers at [email protected].