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Education and Civil Rights March, circa 1958
The Youth March for Integrated Schools in 1958 was of two Youth Marches in Washington, D.C. On October 25, 1958, approximately 10,000 young people, mostly of high school to college-age, marched to the Lincoln Memorial to promote the desegregation of American public schools.
A. Philip Randolph, a civil rights activist, planned the event published a statement detailing the purposes and motives for the demonstration.
Randolph described the primary purpose as giving 'dramatization to the God-given right of every child, regardless of race or color, religion or national origin or ancestry, to receive an education in the public schools, free from the insult of segregation and discrimination.'
Martin Luther King Jr. was expected to speak at the event but was recuperating from a chest stabbing inflicted by Izola Curry. He suggested that "the project would give courage, support, and encouragement to our children and adults in the south.