More than 200,000 civil right militants rather 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington D.C. Washington Monument in background) during the 'March on Washington.' - 

This final note refocusing again on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The marchers had an actual list of demands, it was printed in the program of that day's events.

Item number 8: Minimum wage legislation. $2 or more is what they wanted.

Run $2 in 1963 dollars through an inflation calculator, you get $15.27.

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