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8:09 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhode Islander Remembers Historic 1963 March On Washington

August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Best known for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, it was also a pivotal moment in the history of the civil rights movement.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic talks with a Rhode Islander who was one of the quarter-of-a-million people there.

RI resident Cliff Monteiro was one of more than a quarter of a million people at the 1963 March on Washington.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Monteiro went on to work as a body guard for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Selma to Montgomery march. He describes the slain civil rights leader as a quiet man who enjoyed a good joke.