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March on Washington "Medical Committee for Civil Rights" Information Sheets 7pp

7pp typed, measuring 8.5" x 11", New York, dated August 28, 1963. Several green and yellow sheets, some double sided, printed by the Medical Committee for Civil Rights and handed out to participants of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The sheets provide information on the schedule of events, arrival and departure times, along with advice and instructions on Clothing, Signs, Food and Water, Transportation, etc. A bold note at the end reads: "THIS WILL BE A LONG, HARD, HECTIC DAY, AND THE OBJECTIVES OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND SO AS TO PREVENT LOSS OF TEMPER, ETC. THERE WILL BE MANY, MANY PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, AND MUCH CONFUSION; THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF VICTORIAN-TYPE COURTESY ARE IN ORDER. Everyone marching is requested to wear a MARCH ON WASHINGTON button for purposes for identification…"

Two of the sheets are copies of the same text, one printed on green paper and the other on yellow paper. Accompanied by a Return Form for participants where members of the Medical Committee could provide the number in their group, travel plans, and expenses for lunch, train, and plane fare. All sheets are very fine, with only minor wear and bumping to the corners and top edge.

The Medical contingent of the March on Washington was organized by the newly founded Medical Committee for Civil Rights. Hundreds of doctors, dentists, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals participated and were inspired by King's “I have a dream” speech. Committee members would go on to join demonstrations and other efforts to stamp out racism in the health field, both in the South and throughout the whole of the nation.

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