Social and political problems for African Americans were not being recognized in the 1960s. It was a white and black war, with not being able to use the same drinking fountain, same public restrooms, and even the same schools. This was tearing the country apart, but once attention started being brought to the acts of violence and discrimination of the black community, many leaders stood up to make a change and make sure they wouldn't go unheard. This would eventually lead to the March on Washington.
Goal of the event
The March on Washington took place on August 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. It was an event that included several Civil Rights and religious groups who came together to march for justice and equality for everyone. About 200,000 people had attended, most of them showing up to see a certain person give a speech in front of the Lincoln monument. That person was Martin Luther King Jr.
- Martin Luther King giving his famous "I have a dream" speech
The people involved
The many groups of people who came to hear Martin Luther King jr. speak didn't know what was going to happen. What good was thing going to do? What was this man going to accomplish? Little did they know that he would go on to keep bringing publicity to major civil rights efforts and activities and succeed throughout. He provided the type of leadership the African-American civil rights movement needed, and helped pass movements that included The Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and The Fair Housing Act of 1968. These would go on to help bring back the power of freedom, respect, and equality for all African-Americans.