March on Washington vs. the women's rights march By Garrett Harinen

The March On Washington

The March on Washington was a large scale peaceful protest organized by Martin Luther King Jr. This protest was organized to accomplish a few objectives including shedding light on all of the political and social discrimination that African Americans faced. It is often called "The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom". This event occurred on the 28th of August 1963 and was attended by over 200,000 people. The march included speeches from various civil rights advocates including Martin Luther King Jr. and also had performances from entertainers such as Bob Dylan. Overall this event was a success because of the massive attendance and the widespread news and media about their march, and the "I Have A Dream" speech became famous because of this march.

MLK monument and Bob Dylan, two leaders that participated in the March on Washington.

Who was involved?

Many people and leaders were involved in this example of a peaceful protest. Leaders included involved included Josephine Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and John Lewis. The marchers involved were in a crowd of over 200,000 people and were entertained by entertainers and celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bobby Darin, Odetta, and Lena Horne. All of these people were involved in the march, but in addition to the march, the leaders of the march went to the White House to meet with the president, John F. Kennedy, at the end of the march.

Obstacles to this Event

There were obstacles in the way of this peaceful protest march on Washington. One example is that the 1963 March On Washington executed by Martin Luther King Jr. was a second attempt on a march on Washington. The first march was planned in the 1940's protesting the fact that African Americans got less benefits from the New Deal. The march was set to have 50,000 people but was cancelled suddenly when president Franklin D. Roosevelt passed Executive Order 8802, which banned discrimination by any defense contractors and establishing the Fair Employment Practices Committee (FEPC) to investigate charges of racial discrimination. Overall this obstacle was a positive obstacle, but nonetheless, an obstacle.

Legacy of the march On Washington

The March on Washington is so important because of its lasting legacy. One thing it did was demonstrate to the American people the large scale of support that there was for this cause, and that people were willing to protest for their beliefs. This really was essential because it brought up the hopes of the African American people. It also spread their message further and grew support for this cause. During the months after the event, there were more demonstrations and protests that caused violence. Soon after, president John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and Lyndon B. Johnson took the presidency and began by passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. All in all, the March on Washington has a long lasting impact even to today.

Women's March vs. The March on Washington

These two protests are extremely similar in many ways. First of all, they are the same type of peaceful protest, a mass demonstration and march, and even take place in the same exact city. Because they are the same event in the same location, they both are the same tactic that tries to get media to gain a platform to speak out for their cause. They are also similar in the fact that they were for almost the same purpose. The March on Washington was in protest of political and social discrimination against African Americans while the Women's March was in protest of social and political discrimination against Women. The leaders that executed the Women's March are members of the Women's March team, including Tamika D. Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland. There weren't any notable obstacles of this march, other than the fact that it was on the inauguration day of President Donald Trump and there was a large police security presence.


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