The March On Washington Brianna SLoss

What lead to this event happening, where & when did this event happened: The March on Washington happened on August 28th, 1963. The march on Washington was a result of colored people not getting equal rights with so many different things such as jobs and fair wages, and freedom in general. They wanted to have more rights and so they decided to take action and protest on Washington to try to gain the rights they deserved. The march was organized by a group of people that had strong beliefs in everyone being equal, the group was called the “Big Six”, without this group of people the March on Washington might not have happened.
The goal of this event: The goal of the March on Washington was that they were trying to get equal rights for everyone without using violence, the main goal was to win freedom, jobs, and to make a change for the future, this was one of the major movement that lead to more freedom and civil rights for everyone including future generations.
What type of people were involved & which important people were involved in your event and how did they impact the event?: 2,000 people participated in this march on that day. While the march was going on, everyone was entertained by celebrities like Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, and Peter, Paul and Mary and more. 5,000 police officers were involved along with national guards. Important people included A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis. Bayard Rustin was chief organizer of the march, these people impacted the event because they are the main reason that it was happening in the first place, they also influenced thousands of people to join them in the fight for civil rights.
These groups of people were facing inequality every single day which led them to trying to make a change in the first place. Colored people couldn’t go to school and feel safe because they were not wanted by the white kids at the schools or the parents of the white kids, so going to school would be dangerous for them. Along with going to restaurants servers would refuse to serve them just because of the color of their skin. There was many more obstacles during this time period for these groups of people which lead to the taking action and getting equal rights. They overcame these obstacles by doing peaceful protests, such as sit ins, marches, etc. They fought until they got what they deserved no matter what happened, many people even died to reach equality and freedom.
How did this event impact today / What are the lasting effects?: The march on Washington lead to a social change. It was a big part of changing the way things are today. People of all races have equal rights and there are certain laws against discriminating against people just because of their race, culture, or beliefs. This march was a big part of gaining access to freedom for other groups of people so that they wouldn’t be discriminated against either, for example the LBGTQ group.
What modern day inequality or event can you connect your Civil Rights Event to?: The march on Washington relates to the women's march that happened this year, in 2017. The women’s march was a march taken place in Washington D.C. on January 21st, 2017 to fight for women and human rights , advocating legislation. The march was also fighting immigration rights, healthcare rights, racial equality, the LGBTQ community rights, and freedom of religion rights and many more. This march was directed towards President Donald Trump as a form of protesting against his presidency.

Works Cited

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National Museum of American History (18 Dec. 2012.). Legacy and Impact of the March. National Museum of American History. Retrieved from

Women's March on Washington (n.d.). Let's Talk: Why We Resist. Women's March on Washington. Retrieved from

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