50 years ago tomorrow 250,000 marched on Washington. On that day, Leonard Freed captured faces in the crowds, movement through the streets, and of the beginning and ends to the historic event. Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of this day and reflect on the call for civic and economic rights for all.
While we gaze past the camera, we are lifted up
on a soaring wave of sound—We shall
overcome! We shall overcome someday—
a marching song so strong that fifty years gone
I can hear it still—
calling to us all, calling like a bell.
An excerpt from "On This Day" by Dinah Berland on Getty Voices.
All images © Estate of Leonard Freed—Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed)