March on Washington and “I Have a Dream,” speech, August 28, 1963
Fifty years ago a delegation of 58 Minnesotans attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Cecil Newman (above), a pioneer in African-American journalism, founded the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder. Newman also attended the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Here is the full list of Minnesotans that went on the march:
Rev. Webster Branett, Jesse Bell, Margaret Benton, William Budd, Joe E. Byrne, Rev. Denzil Carty, Lois Doty, Christopher Durand, Max E. Fallek, Rev. Mark Fallonsbee, Zetta Feder, Father Edward Grzeskowiak, S.F. Hammond, June Hanson, William Heryla, Eugene Hill, Rev. Lewis Holm, Harry Ballard, Dorothy Huseby, Josie Johnson, Mary Ann Jones, Rev. Stanley, Mary J. Kyle, Rev. George Lemoine, Rabbi Jerome Lipnick, Robert Lippert, Matthew Little, Jim Lugar, Rev. Richard Mathison, Paul Muller, Cecil Newman, Rev. Jerome Nissen, Mr. and Mrs. Marty Nordstrom, Rev. Andrew Otani, Dorothy Parker, Hertha Pflanze, Connie Price, Mrs. Ralph Primm, James Rice, Sam Richardson, Shirley Ricketts, Rev. Roland Robinson, Rabbi Moses B. Sachs, Robert Samples, Floyd Scott, Chester Simmons, O. Donald Smith, Rev. T.R. Taylor, Dr. D.B. Terrell, James Thomas, Rev. Peter Thompsen, Rev. Kneely Williams, Olive E. Willis, Marjorie Wynn, Robert Wynn.
The occupations of some of the group was as follows: 18 clergyman (13 Protestant, 3 Catholic, 2 Rabbis) 10 housewives, a doctor, 2 unemployed persons and 4 press representatives. We found this information in an August 22, 1963 Minneapolis Tribune article in the Special Collection Civil Rights vertical file.