Ten Words from New York Times History - March on Washington - August 28, 1963

Learn ten words from New York Times cover story of Aug. 28, 1963: " 200,000 March for Civil Rights in Orderly Washington Rally; President Sees Gain for Negro."

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  1. civil
    legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life
    More than 200,000 Americans, most of them black but many of them white, demonstrated here today for a full and speedy program of civil rights and equal job opportunities.
  2. grievance
    a complaint about a wrong that causes resentment
    It was the greatest assembly for a redress of grievances that this capital has ever seen.
  3. throng
    a large gathering of people
    The vast throng listening intently to him roared.

    "...that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
  4. mar
    render imperfect
    There was no violence to mar the demonstration.
  5. fervor
    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    Afterward, Mr. Kennedy issued a 400-word statement praising the marchers for the "deep fervor and the quiet dignity" that had characterized the demonstration.
  6. exodus
    a journey by a group to escape from a hostile environment
    The human tide that swept over the Mall between the shrines of Washington and Lincoln fell back faster than it came on. As soon as the ceremony broke up this afternoon, the exodus began.
  7. brooding
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    But paradoxically it was King--who had suffered perhaps most of all--who ignited the crowd with words that might have been written by the sad, brooding man enshrined within.
  8. exploitation
    an act that victimizes someone
    But by and large American politics is dominated by politicians who build their career on immoral compromising and ally themselves with open forums of political, economic and social exploitation."
  9. spontaneity
    the quality of coming from feelings without constraint
    As a result the whole affair at the monument grounds began to take on the spontaneity of a church picnic.
  10. integrated
    not segregated
    And members of Local 144 of the Hotel and Allied Service Employes Union from New York City, an integrated local since 1950, were stomping:

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