In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights demonstration in Washington D.C., the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Google changed its homepage logo in its Wednesday Google Doodle. The demonstration, more commonly known as the March on Washington, occurred on Aug. 28, 1963. It called for civil and economic rights, attracted more than 250,000 people, and was marked by the monumental speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. titled “I Have a Dream.”
The Google Doodle depicts the March on Washington at the time when Dr. King gave his famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of a massive crowd. The Google Doodle also features the words of his speech overlaid over the Google logo along with the “L” in Google replaced by a depiction of the Washington Monument.
After that historic demonstration, speakers and leaders from the March on Washington, including Dr. King, met with President John F. Kennedy to discuss proposed civil rights legislation. The March on Washington was widely credited with aiding the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Take a look at today’s Google Doodle here.