The March On Washington By: Payton Wolf

The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963. The march was planned in order to bring attention to the imbalance and lack of rights within the African American communities of America. Over 200,000 people of every race, gender, and background showed up to the march to protest the inequalities brought upon African Americans.

(picture shows people gathering around the Lincoln Memorial as Matin Luther King gives his famous "I Have A Dream" speech)

After years of facing discrimination in work forces, education, military, and politics, African Americans began the Civil Rights Movement. This movement included forms of protests called sit-ins, freedom rides, and peaceful marches.

(picture shows thousands gathering around the reflection pool during the march)

The March on Washington was a climax for the Civil Rights Movement. With the help of TV broadcasting, most of America could see the enormous amount of people who were gathered on Washington. This impacted the countries view on the inequality and injustices that were imposed on African Americans.

(picture shows people protesting with handmade signs that show opposition to discrimination in many work forces)

This video gives an accurate description of the events that unfolded on the day of The March On Washington.

It was during The March on Washington that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. He was one of the many faces for the Civil Rights movement and his impact is still remembered to this day. His example along with the millions of African Americans who spoke out against racial injustice have given hope and opportunity to those who are experiencing the same, today.

(picture shows Martin Luther King moments before he'll give his 'I Have A Dream" speech)

The Women's March was another large scale protest speaking out against inequalities. The marchers spoke out against inequality amongst women and spoke for the advancement of equality for women's rights in healthcare and the work force. This march is similar to The March on Washington because both groups focus on inequality and injustice between gender and race. The March On Washington in 1963 heavily influenced The Women's March because it had significant amounts of people show up and the march's cause was heard throughout the country. The Women's March took another opportunity to protest in Washington, as it saw the effects the 1963 march had, it gave The Women's March hope for a change.

(picture shows protestors gathering in Washington for the Women's March)

Works Cited

10 Actions / 100 Days: We Belong Together. (n.d.). Retrieved April 24, 2017, from https://www.womensmarch.com/

P. (2009, December 24). The March On Washington. Retrieved May 09, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c2lLYuYU1I&scrlybrkr=6b40322f

History.com Staff. (2009). March on Washington. Retrieved April 24, 2017, from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/march-on-washington?scrlybrkr=8801a0a5

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