While 100,000 people were originally expected to attend the event, organizers were surprised to find that over 200,000 black and white americans showed up to march. A. Philip Randolph chaired the committee and it was organized by Bayard Rustin. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. was scheduled to speak at the march and awed the crowd when he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
The kind of obstacles they faced was government including the president didn’t take them seriously. They put together a march on Washington where they couldn’t be ignored.
President John F. Kennedy
This event impacted education today and equality for all people. Every student in the United States learns about the March on Washington and the significants of the Civil Rights Act. This event has had a continued effect because it got the Civil Rights Act moving in congress and pushed for equality for all citizens. Today, you can see peaceful protests similar to the March on Washington in connection to the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. For months, water protectors protested against the advancement of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in an attempts to preserve sacred land and save a precious water source.