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Medical Professionals Support Civil Rights in March on Washington

CIVIL RIGHTS. Typed Information Sheets, Medical Committee for Civil Rights for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. 3 pp., 8.5ʺ x 11ʺ.  Verso of yellow sheet has minor print transfer from adjoining pages, else near Fine condition.

Brown, green, and yellow sheets, two of which are 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.  Two of the forms are copies of the same text, front and verso, printed on different colored sheets.

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."

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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