March on Washington
On August 28, 1963 nearly 300 thousand protestors came from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to hopefully achieve equal rights for all Americans. The protestors were mainly black citizens and successfully pressured John F. Kennedy to initiate a strong federal civil rights bill in congress. The passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 reﬂected the demands of the march.
On March 7, 1965, protestors marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to emphasize the wanted right to vote for all citizens as the first of three marches. Upon crossing the border bridge, the Alabama state trooper force threatened protestors to disperse and return to their churches or else. After beginning to pray, troopers attacked the crowd with night sticks and bull whips. Nearly 17 - 50 people were injured and hospitalized.
Gandhi and the Salt March
On March 12, 1930, Gandhi and his followers travelled 240 miles to the coastal town of Dandi to defy Britains laws. One of them, Britain's Salt Acts, prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt. Despite the poor effect of taxes among the Indian communities, Indians required salt. Gandhi reasoned that defying the salt acts would be a simple way to break the British rule among the countries. Nearly 60,000 people were arrested including Gandhi himself.