Marches By jack wirtanen

A March is to walk or proceed quickly with determination. During the civil rights movement in the United States, social activists used marches because they were determined to have things equal. Marches are apart of peaceful protests because they have no intentions of violence but just to express feelings and beliefs about a cause.

March on Washington from above

There were many marches during the civil rights movement and some still continue today. One of the most famous marches was the march on Washington. This occurred August 28, 1963. This event held over 200,000 Americans in Washington D.C. This place was key because it is the country's capital. It also represented hope for the African Americans who needed and deserved jobs with equal pay.

Front of the Selma-Montgomery March

Two years later, in 1965, there was a march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery. The groups here were marching for African-Americans rights to vote. This march however turned violent because when it got to close to Montgomery, state officials wouldn't let them in. The march took three days for them to get to their destination. The law was changed later in the year.

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