On August 23, 1963 over 200,000 Americans gathered together in Washington DC in order to protest the social injustices that were happening across America. No president since Abraham Lincoln had shown initiative to end the inequality between races so the people of America took it into their own hands. Many important people attended including Martin Luther King Jr. who delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech to the enthusiastic crowd.
Over 200,000 Americans, of both races, marched across Washington in order to gain racial equality within; public schools, jobs, and many other services. Although Brown V. Board of Education had outlawed segregation in schools in 1953, black children still were being separated because of their skin color. During the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. stated “One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land” ("I Have A Dream"). By saying this it shows that 100 years after slavery ended, African Americans still are not equal with the caucasians they fought so hard to break free from.
The African Americans along with those fighting for an end to the social injustices that were prominent at the time had many obstacles to over come; however, the largest obstacle was the Ku Klux Klan mostly referred to as simply the KKK. This racist group of white supremacists believed that african americans should not even have basic human rights and began tormenting peaceful protesters by picketing, starting fires and injuring people who were peaceful. They caused some people who were trying to fight peaceful to become fearful and not attend these protests and events.
This March on Washington in 1963 proved to initiate change for many americans. The Civil rights act of 1964 was passed outlawing segregation everywhere. The March also paved the way for many minority groups to begin showing people that they can make a change peacefully even if they are only one person.
Similar to the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights, on January 21, 2017 over 470,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the violation of women's rights. Trying to initiate change for keeping birth control, reproductive health, easy access women's health care and, abortions accessible and affordable as now President Trump, who had been sworn in the day before, had wanted to change laws that could make some of these rights hard to access for women across America.
These events show to be very similar in the way they approached the situation, goals they had for change and issues that they were fighting for. First, both situation began and stayed as a peaceful protest, as both knew that was the best way to solve. Second, both had goals for change and although there has not been adequate change for the woman’s injustice there has been light brought to the issue. Lastly, both were fighting for an end to social injustice and want equality.