WHAT WAS THE WALK ON WASHINGTON?
It was in the year 1963 and African Americans were being suppressed from their political and social rights. There needed to be a change, one of those changes was the March on Washington. On August 28, 1963, in front of the White House, men, women, and children of all colors, sexualities, and religions walked the road in front of the White House as a form of protest. More than 200,000 black and white Americans showed up for the march, they marched for jobs, freedom, and liberty.
WHO WAS INVOLVED?
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American activist and in the community he was a baptist. His actions didn't become a more popular activist until the bus boycott in 1955. King helped plan the Walk on Washington to show that everyone stands united, Dr. King also had connections with the president JFK, (John F. Kennedy), at the time.
Although Malcolm X was not actually involved in the March on Washington, he did not believe they should have marched. Malcolm was an activist just like MLK but he did not believe in peaceful protesting instead his way was to fight back with violence. Since the march was not violent, he did not join.
At the march, celebrities showed up to show their support. Some of the famous people who went was singer Joan Baez, singer Bob Dylan, actor Marlon Brando, singer Harry Belafonte, and many more.
WHAT WERE THE LASTING OUTCOMES?
The Civil Rights Act started becoming more of a deal after the march occurred. After JFK died the movement started going downhill when the peaceful protests started turning violent. Johnson, Kennedy's vice president, became president after he died. When Johnson saw what was happening he knew that the movement needed to become one of his main priorities.
Decades have gone by since Johnson signed the act, African Americans started to get better jobs, more chances to vote, and got to go to mixed schools/ restaurants. Even today, we got the chance to have eight years of an African American president.
WHAT WAS THE WOMENS MARCH?
The Women's March happened on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, in front of the White House. The rally began at 10:00am and ended at 1:15pm, they started marching at 1:15pm. The peoples fear is that adults and children will not be free of discriminatory policies in the near future. They wanted to send a message to Trump on his first day of presidency that we all stand together and there will be no peace without equality and justice for all. People who were involved were women, men, hermaphrodites, children, people of the LQBTQIA community, people of color, people from different countries, basically anyone who believed in the cause.
A quote from the women’s march webpage is, “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared” (Women’s March).
HOW DOES THE WOMENS MARCH RELATE TO THE WALK ON WASHINGTON?
Not only were both marches in Washington in front of the White House, but they were both for freedom and liberty for all humans no matter their color, gender, or sexuality. There are multiple similarities between the two marches but one of the main similarities is that they were both for a good cause.