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Since 1922 the Lincoln Memorial has served as a national stage for protests and celebrations. On Easter Sunday 1939, operatic soprano Marian Anderson sang here in front of 75,000 people after DAR Constitution Hall and the D.C. Board of Education refused to let her perform in their venues. In 1963 more than 250,000 participants in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech from the memorial's steps. (In 2003, on the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington, the National Park Service marked the spot where King spoke, a landing 18 steps below the chamber.) In May 1968 the Poor People's Campaign, with its Resurrection City in West Potomac Park, attracted more than 50,000.

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