March on Washington Mia ecklund

Background Information

This event happened on August 28, 1963. During the 1960’s, there was a lot of discrimination towards African Americans. Caucasian people tortured them because of their race. They had limited supplies/things compared to what Caucasians had. They had separate bathrooms, separate schools, separate water fountains and so much more. African Americans had enough of being treated like this so around 200,000 of them took a stand, known as The March on Washington.

The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963. More than 200,000 African Americans gathered in Washington D.C.

Goal of this Event

It was a political rally for jobs and freedom. The event was designed to show light on the social and political challenges that African Americans around the country faced every day. This was during the Civil Rights time period, and it was a significant event that helped get equal rights for African Americans. Martin Luther King Jr delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on this day at the March. They were trying to accomplish initiating a strong federal Civil Rights bill in Congress.

Who was Involved?

African Americans were involved in The March on Washington. This event was led by Martin Luther King Jr & other Civil Rights activists that changed the course of the Civil Rights movement. The March was organized by the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis.

Obstacles they had to Overcome

Various influential organizations and individuals opposed the March. Southern segregationists and members of the Ku Klux Klan, the black-separatist group Nation of Islam and Malcolm X, all disagreed with the event and it's peaceful intentions. President Kennedy initially opposed the March, but not because of its intentions. He was scared that the event might cause more racial tensions across the country.

Despite all the hatred that this event had encountered and the negative words that came from people, it turned out to be a huge success. It helped to gain equality and justice, and also helped to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through this non-violence march, they finally helped to get the rights that African Americans deserve.

Outcome/Lasting impact

This event is one of the biggest to impact life back then and today. The March provided a model for social change within the United States for African Americans. This March was a nonviolent protest that turned out to be very successful. Having the event be nonviolent, was even a more inspiring movement. It inspired Americans that were fighting for equal rights despite race, religion, age, gender, disabilities, ethnicity, and so much more. This event really carved a way to get equal rights for African Americans.

Modern Inequality

The Women’s March on Washington was the first planned nonviolent protest that spread to women protesting throughout the country. They wanted to send a bold message to the world that women’s rights are humans rights. The Washington March had about 500,000 people and about five million people worldwide. They believe that families and children should live free from the discriminatory policies that threaten to divide them. The marches have become more popular and have gotten more people involved throughout the country and world. The march was on January 21st, 2017 at 7 am to demonstrate the rights that they wanted. The women protesting had multiple goals such as: reproductive rights, LGBT rights, gender equality, racial equality, labor rights, immigration, and environmental protection. The March on Washington and the Women's March on Washington both had the same goals. They fought for equal rights for people that are getting treated differently.


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Works Cited "March on Washington - Black History -" n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <>

National Museum of American History. "Legacy and Impact of the March." National Museum of American History. 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <>

PBS NewsHour Extra. "The March on Washington and Its Impact – Lesson Plan | Lesson Plan | PBS NewsHour Extra." PBS NewsHour Extra. n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <>

Women's March on Washington. "10 Actions / 100 Days: We Belong Together." Women's March on Washington. n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <>

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