James Garrett, 70, of Oakland

How he got there:

Terry Becker, 70, of San Jose

How she got there: by train from her hometown of Hartford, Ct.

King's speech:

50 years ago: Bay Area civil rights movement

The Aug. 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom sought to break apart a deeply entrenched system of racial segregation in the South, but civil rights activists were also waging a battle that year to end discrimination elsewhere in the country, including in the Bay Area.
Just three months before the historic rally on the National Mall, an estimated 20,000 people marched down Market Street in San Francisco on May 26, 1963. They amassed at the Civic Center expressing solidarity with activists who were met with spring 1963 campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Ala.
In a letter supporting the San Francisco march, African-American writer James Baldwin




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