There was a big difference in the number of people on the National Mall for the 50th Anniversary compared to the original March. One expectation was for 100,000 people with later reports that 20,000 attended. Hundreds of thousands attended the original event in 1963.
It rained and when it started some stayed and some decided to leave. Others had decided early that they would not be there because of crowds and other reasons.
I was surprised at how few people were on the Mall despite the rain. I think about the struggle and what people went through for advancement. Some even had water hoses turned on them and that did not turn them around. Every person had the right to be there or not be there for whatever reason.
How important do you think the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington was? Is the number of people who attended a reflection of its importance?
Why did you go or not go?
Lonnie Dawkins is a Washington DC based photographer