The 1963 March on Washington Talk

What lessons does the 1963 March on Washington hold for our perilous times? 

Charles Euchner, author of Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington (Beacon Press), will explore the enduring impact and lessons of what Martin Luther King called "the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation."

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Euchner's talk, illustrated with clips from the March, asks:
  • Why is dissent and protest an essential--and not a secondary--element of a functioning, robust democracy?
  • What was the purpose of the 1963 March on Washington? What role did it play in holding together the fragmented and often conflicted civil rights movement?
  • Who played heroic leadership roles in the movement? What makes a "hero"? And what does "leadership" mean?
  • What one quality separates Martin Luther King from the other leaders of his time--and ours as well? What does that matter in our atomistic age?

Talk Agenda

  • 7:00-7:10 Start. Welcoming Statements, Ground Rules, Updates, and Introductions.
  • 7:10-8:00 Talk
  • 8:00-8:30 Q&A, Thanks, Closing Statements, End.

About the Speaker, Dr. Charlie Euchner


Photo by Isabel Chenoweth

Charlie Euchner is an author, teacher, and coach in New Haven. He has written books on cities (Urban Policy Reconsidered and Playing the Field), protest and dissent (Nobody Turn Me Around and Extraordinary Politics), and sports (The Last Nine Innings). He is also author of a series of books on writing, including The Elements of Writing.

He recently completed manuscripts for two major new works: Broken Politics: How Woodrow Wilson Lost the League of Nations and How Activism Works: Dissent, Organizing, and Direct Action in America.

Euchner has taught writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and Yale University. He coaches authors and works with companies to improve their efficiency and creativity with better writing. He is the creator of The Elements of Writing (, the only brain-based system for mastering writing in all fields.

A former city planner in Boston, Euchner was the founding director of the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University. He has also taught at Holy Cross College, the University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and SUNY-Purchase.

Education: B.A. at Vanderbilt University, M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University.

He can be reached at 203-645-6112, [email protected], and

February 15, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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