Celebrities who joined March on Washington

POSTED: 03:57 PM PST Jan 19, 2014    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 27, 2014 

When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps during 1963's March on Washington, more than a few famous faces were on hand to help the cause.

Celebs March on Washington - Sidney Poitier
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Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston are seen in front of the statute of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Poitier, who by then had starred in "Blackboard Jungle," "The Defiant Ones" and "A Raisin in the Sun," would become the first black Best Actor Oscar winner in 1964 for his performance in "Lilies of the Field," released about a month after the March.

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