10 things you may not know about the 1963 March on Washington
Some history behind the March on Washington 50 years ago and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech.
2. JFK request
On June 22, 1963 – just two months before the scheduled march – President John F. Kennedy met with civil rights leaders at the White House and expressed deep reservations about a mass rally in the nation’s capital. He told them he needed their help in getting his civil rights legislation passed, saying “we want success in the Congress, not a big show on the Capitol."