Perhaps the best-known event of the civil rights movement in the 1960s is the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. An estimated 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The central themes were fair treatment, equal opportunity and better jobs for black Americans. The culmination of that significant day was Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The largely unscripted oratory lasted 16 minutes. Yet his words have been forever etched into United States history.