March on Washington & Black Lives Matter Protest Samira Abdalla

Despite, gaining their freedom from slavery after the end of the civil war, African Americans were still facing legal discrimination in the 1950s and early 1960s. This included segregation of schools, lower wages, and discrimination when applying for jobs. The civil rights movement was an effort to bring these issues to the attention of lawmakers and the nation. One of the planned events was a march on Washington D.C. in 1963.

The Big Six is a term used to describe the biggest important African-American leaders during the Civil Rights Movement . The Big Six organizers. They show the people that its right to stand up for what they believe in and whats right. Also, The Big Six gave speeches that made people follow them one of the famous speeches "I Have A Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr.. HIs speech talked about how he wanted people to be judged by there character and not there color.

On August 28, 1963 the march was planned to take place on the 100 year anniversary of the Emancipation proclamation the freed of slaves during the Civil War. There was the six main people the leaders in the march and they were called the Big Six, that included Martin Luther King,Jr,Roy Wilkins,James Farmer,A.Philip Randolph, John Lewis and , Whiteney Young

In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting death of Treyvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The movement was co-founded by three black community organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

The March on Washington has focused the attention of the country on the problems of disagreements among the leaders led to problems from the beginning and the nonviolent techniques they had employed in the Freedom Rides and sit-ins walked with dignity singing the freedom anthem, “We Shall Overcome.

Justin Weber, a D.C. activist working with Showing Up for Racial Justice, says that his group and Black Lives Matter protesters have been working to block the security checkpoint on Fourth and C Streets NW. “We are here in support of our black and brown brothers and sisters,” Weber said. “We plan to be here for a little while now, because we pretty effectively shutdown the checkpoint.”

The Washington march and the Black Lives Matter protest were both held in Washington . Black Lives Matter and the March on Washington both showed what they believed was right because they believed that they system was discriminating against African Americans. They were different because of the time period and for the March on Washington there life was in danger and they were willing to take the risk of losing their life for there fellow African Americans.

The impact March on Washington has on our lives today is that they give African Americans equal rights as White Americans. The education systems are desegregated. It's illegal for a job to reject you because of your race, religion, and etc. Besides, Less than a year after the March on Washington was held, the Civil Rights Act was passed banning all discrimination against all colors.

Work Cited:

Schulten, K. (2011, December 12). Compare-Contrast, Cause-Effect, Problem-Solution: Common 'Text Types' in The Times. Retrieved April 26, 2017, from


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