Its the FIRST National VOter Registration Day! Don’t miss your shot to get involved!
All the cool kids are voting— don’t miss your shot!
Next Tuesday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2012, resources to educate and mobilize voters have dwindled, fueling worries that many folks - especially young people - won’t turn out.
We want to make sure no one is left out, so we’ve partnered with volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country who are hitting the streets on September 25.
If you’re not registered, or need to renew your registration, check out www.tumblr.com/meetups to find an event near you.
If you’re already registered - or if there’s no event near you - organize your own NVRD meetup at www.tumblr.com/meetups/organize. We’ll send you everything you need!
On the anniversary of the March on Washington, LIFE.com presents a selection of pictures — most of which never ran in LIFE magazine — commemorating that day. But what is especially moving about so many of these pictures (those shot “on the ground” by Paul Schutzer, in particular) is that they illustrate the scene as witnessed not by those who led and organized the event, but by those in the crowd. There is huge emotion here, and excitement and pride — but above and beyond everything else, these photos evince a near-palpable sense of inclusion and, even if only for a moment, a suggestion that power was passing to the people.
Not originally published in LIFE: Scene from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.
See more photos here.