Maybe his Marine Corps spit-and-polish got him selected to guard King on the podium, surmises Gordon H. Gundrum. In any case, "Gunny," the sole white person standing near King in many of the day's photographs, didn't speak publicly about the event until his love of history persuaded him to share his memories.

"I was, deep down inside, scared looking at thousands upon thousands of people," he says. "But it was a calm crowd with a cause that was stirring. When you looked at the crowd, you didn't see blacks or whites. You saw America."

Read more at: aarp.org/politics-society/history/info-06-2013/civil-rights-march-on-washington.3.html

Executive Producer: Michael Wichita/AARP
Videographer and Editor: Amanda Lucidon
Photographer: Jared Sores

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