Martin Luther King Jr

Photos: Remembering the 1963 March on Washington
Aug. 28 marks the 54th anniversary of the landmark civil rights moment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech. (AP Photo via Newscom/ Roll Call Archives).

Monday marks the 54th anniversary of a key moment in the civil rights movement, the March on Washington, an event that takes on even more significance in the context of this racial violence in Charlottesville, Va.

On Aug. 28, 1963, More than 200,000 Americans marched in Washington, D.C., to shed light on the unequal political and social status of African Americans. The March on Washington culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is a living link to the planners of that day.

LBJ's Civil Rights Struggle a Stage Production
'All the Way' explores Johnson's complex relationship with MLK and other key figures of the era

Willis as LBJ. (Photo courtesy of Arena Stage)

On a recent night at DC's Arena Stage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watched as the most pivotal 11 months of President Lyndon Johnson’s life, and perhaps the Democratic Party's, was portrayed in three hours.  

Ginsburg characteristically showed no emotion or reaction, but kept her eyes on Jack Willis, who plays the southern bulldog of an accidental president.