Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Local History: March on Washington's 50th Anniversary

March on Washington 1963

Isaac Franck (bottom right, with white hair), executive director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, at the March.
JHSGW Collections.

On the eve of the 1963 March on Washington, Isaac Franck, executive director of the Jewish Community Council (now called Jewish Community Relations Council), assembled local leaders to meet with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., at Adas Israel Congregation.

As seen in this photograph, Franck then participated in the March, alongside the Washington Board of Rabbis.

Hyman "Bookie" Bookbinder, then a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO and later Washington representative for the American Jewish Committee, was also there. Bookie saved his pennant from the day, later donating it to JHSGW's collections.

In total, more than 250,000 people attended the massive civil rights march and rally. The March famously closed with King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

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