The Lincoln Memorial has also been the site of some of history's most famous events. I
offer three examples:
1) 1939: Opera singer Marian Anderson was refused permission to perform at Constitution Hall in
Marian Anderson is greeted by Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the
Interior, at the Lincoln Memorial on 9 April 1939 .
Marian Anderson performs before 75,000 spectators.
You can watch a film of that day here.
Jenny during a massive protest at the Lincoln Memorial (theoretically,
3) August 28, 1963: An estimated 250,000 crowded the Lincoln Memorial to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr deliver his famous "I Have A Dream" speech as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a high point of the American Civil Rights Movement. A marked tile designates the place where Dr. King stood during his speech. You can stand on the spot today, and get a sense of modern-day history.
You can watch it here.