There was not a single woman scheduled to speak at the march, and when the lone woman on the 19-member planning committee protested, the organizers threw together a last-minute "Tribute to Women" in which A. Philip Randolph introduced [Rosa] Parks and other dignitaries...while they sat there silently..."Nowadays, women wouldn't stand for being kept so much in the background, but back then women's rights hadn't become a popular cause yet," said Parks later.Keep the women of the civil rights movement in mind this week as the memorial ceremonies culminate with a dedication on Sunday, August 28. Below is a virtual tour video of the new monument based on the architect's rendering:
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