March on Washington and the Dakota pipeline Tyler schuch

Background information

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.

Protestors during 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.


KKK members walking through towns

While the Civil Rights Act movement was making success, there was still many difficulties and obstacles that were being forced to try and abolish it. Hate groups like the KKK were disrespecting and attacking many African-Americans, just to add to the discrimination they were already facing in public places by people who weren't in the KKK. They had to come over these issues if they wanted to achieve success with the movement. To not let this get to them, they started having sit-ins at diners and restaurants until they would be served. If white people saw them staying, they would leave and the diner would lose money. They also stopped using the bus, so the bus companies would lose money from being boycotted. This definitely left an impact and helped them reached where they needed to be.

The impact

With all that happened during this time, it definitely left a mark on history forever. It took a stand for achievements of the modern black freedom struggle to be sought throughout society and helped spark a huge social change. The power of these nonviolent acts to help prove their points really pushed through and helped gain equality for the African-American community.

Modern Inequality

The Dakota access pipeline

Many aspects of the March on Washington are seen throughout other acts and protests alike. One modern day inequality that can be related to this is the Dakota Access pipeline. This pipeline is 1,200 miles long, being able to transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois with ease. The problem is its being built on the Standing Rock Sioux, which is the center of a reservation with over 10,000 people which would not only tamper with the burial ground, but also pollute their main water source. Protestors have been showing up non stop to try and end the construction of the pipeline, being met with water hoses and police, much like the protestors at the March on Washington were. Both groups were fighting for what they want and what they believe is right, which is what makes them so similar.


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