Equality Past and Present Marcus Jakubowsky

The Civil Rights Movement in 1950s and 1960s was an important time in American history. It showed that nonviolent protests and marches can result in big change. Perhaps the most well know demonstration was the March on Washington.

The March on Washington took place on August 28th, 1963 in Washington, DC. it involved a non-violent march of over 200,000 Americans, both blacks and whites. The purpose of the march was to draw support for the Civil Rights Movement and to pressure the government to pass a civil rights bill that would help stop discrimination and segregation in the country.

Present at this march was six of the main leader in the Civil Rights Movement; A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis. They people, and many others, gave speeches throughout the day on inequality in America and the hope of a better future. Most famously of course, was the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. later call "I Have a Dream." This speech struck deep into the hearts of Americans as they understood the discrimination and inequality King's speech drove home. He wanted to see people overcome the barrier of prejudice that had divided America for so long and create a better tomorrow.

This event resulted in a major push of momentum in the Civil Rights Movement as blacks and whites joined together to acknowledge and stop the discrimination and injustice in America. This march led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 which is still in affect today by banning discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or nationality.

The March on Washington is still shown it influence today as shown on February 16th, 2017, also known as "A Day Without Immigrants."

This event, that was put together over society media, encouraged immigrants to step away from society for a day to show their impact on the society in America. It was caused by president Trump's recent policies on immigrants coming into the United States, and was a show of disapproval in American communities.

This day was very similar to the March on Washington as both events took place to address a problem of injustice in society, and was a show of the people's opinion. They both also used non-violent protests in the hopes of ending a discriminatory situation.

Sources

History.com Staff. (2009). March on Washington. Retrieved May 02, 2017, from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/march-on-washington.

Stanglin, D. (2017, February 16). Businesses across U.S. close, students skip school on 'Day Without Immigrants' Retrieved May 02, 2017, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/16/a-day-without-immigrants-strike/97965460/

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