1963 March in Washington called 'pious cusade'

Warren K. Leffler | CNS/Library of Congress
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Ten priests and laypeople, including four members of a newly established archdiocesan Commission on Human Rights, represented the St. Louis Catholic community in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held 50 years ago this month. The Aug. 28, 1963, march involved a peaceful gathering of 200,000 people, the largest demonstration up to that time in capital history. A number of priests, rabbis and ministers added to the atmosphere of faith and prayer.

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