Civil Rights Marches Paul wehle

A March is a way of protesting for a cause in a nonviolent way. People and organizations have uses marches in the past and present to voice their issue.

The march on Washington 1967

On Augest 28, 1963 over 200,000 Americans marched towards Washington DC to to protest jobs and freedom. This was extremely important in the fight for civil rights because Martin Lither King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.

During the Vietnam war there were many marches protesting for the end of the Vietnam war. These marches gained a lot of support in 1967-1968.

The "Poor people's campaign" was a planned march on Washington again by Martin Luter King Jr. to demand better jobs, housing, and wages. This was to help people climb out of poverty and have better lives.

A current March for civil rights is the Women's March on Washington. This is a March for the rights and equality of women in socioty. They are protesting that women are equal to men in this country and should be treated as equal.

John Lewis

John Lewis is a black man who was born in 1940. He grew up during the civil rights movement against segergation. Being inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. he joined the fight for the rights of black people. He worked with Dr. King to make the changes that they both wanted. In 1986 he was elected into e House of Representatives and is continuing to fight for people in poverty and educational changes.

A story about marches from Darlene Lewis"Standing in front of the 32nd Precinct at age 4 was not my idea of having a good time. That was probably the worst time in my life. It was 1964, and my mother and her sister took part in a march against the 32nd Precinct on West 135th St. between 7th and 8th avenues [in New York City]. You see, although many writers, such as James Baldwin, talked about the police brutality of my uncle Frank Stafford, the story still has not settled in my bones. My Uncle Frank was a pantyhose salesman who had just left a client. He had observed the police beating up on a young boy who was allegedly accused of stealing fruit. My uncle asked the police, "What did the young boy do?" and the police beat my uncle so bad that his eyeball was smashed. They then left him in the precinct for hours before he was sent to a hospital. The doctors were unable to save his eye, so he spent the rest of his days wearing a patch. I never forgot how the women felt and how they led a march in front of the 32nd Precinct. I could hear them protest, "Police brutality! Police brutality!" I remember holding a sign, pushing my brother in his stroller, and the Black Panthers and other civil rights activists screaming. Now, in 2013, we still hear stories of police brutality, and there are hundreds of victims all across America who are hoping that one day the community and the police will one day be able to communicate without tensions. Only time will tell." Staff. "Vietnam War Protests." A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 20 Jan. 2017. - "Welcome." Women's March on Washington. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017. - "The Poor People's Campaign of 1968: Rev. Dr. King's Call." Poor People's Campaign. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017. - "Voices of Civil Rights - Read All Stories." AARP. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.


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