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Follow Historic 1963 March on Washington - on Twitter!

Bagged lunches for the tens of thousands of civil rights marchers expected in Washington this morning this morning are selling for 50 cents, including American cheese, white bread, an apple and a slice of pound cake.

The buses are leaving New York carrying protesters eager to hear Martin Luther King Jr.

Meanwhile, 200 police have cordoned off counter-demonstrators from the American Nazi Party to keep them away from the marchers on the Mall.

You can follow these exciting events live right now on Twitter @todayin1963.

And if sounds a bit like high-tech time travel, that's the point.

NPR, America's public radio network, has been running a live Twitter feed as if events were unfolding right now in that historic summer of 1963.

Inspired by historical Twitter accounts such as @RealTimeWWII and @TitanicRealTime, NPR's says it has "collected details that reflect the texture of that era as the Civil Rights Movement took off."

In the build-up to the march "today" NPR's Twitter feed has covered George Wallace's schoolhouse stand against desegragation  and King's appearance on Meet the Press.

"We must see that we are in the midst of a great social revolution," King said, "and no social revolution can be neat and tidy at every point."

To add accurate background to the political events, there are also Billboard hits from the 1960s and other "tidbits of everyday culture."

There is also a slideshow of key events.

So follow @todayin1963 and all through your day, you will transported back to those momentous events on a hot August day 50 years ago in Washington.


Julian Sher is a foreign affairs and investigative journalist for the Star and can be followed on Twitter @juliansher


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