On Aug. 28, 1963, a quarter of a million people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Martin Luther King Jr., deliver a speech that has become part of the fabric of American civil rights discourse.
As the 50th anniversary approaches, we want to know what the anniversary means to you, and how you'll commemorate it.
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Where will you be? Will you spend it with your family, sharing stories of your participation in the original march?
Will you be at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial listening to President Obama speak on Aug. 28? Or will you be listening to Martin Luther King III and Al Sharpton on Aug. 24? What about the many local events planned in communities throughout the country?
Send us photos and videos for an online interactive that shares how our readers are marking the march's 50th anniversary and what the moment means to them.
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We also want to know how you think the civil rights struggle should continue. What's the next hurdle (if any) to jump? If King were alive today, where do you think his energy would be focused? Will Supreme Court decisions on the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action turn back the clock for African Americans? Would he focus on gay rights? The fight for legal immigration reform? Send us a written essay or a video essay sharing your thoughts.
Send videos via Instagram or Twitter using #usatodaymarch. Please limit video submissions to a minute or less. Send essays of 175 words or fewer to email@example.com. Photos can be sent using #usatodaymarch or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll publish some essays in the print edition the week of the anniversary. The online interactive will be published Aug. 30.
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Please include your name, phone number, city and state on all submissions for verification purposes. Photos should also include the names, from left to right, of everyone depicted in the image.