Peaceful Protests Marches By Patrick Atkins

Peaceful protests are a type of civil disobedience and Non-violent protest. Marches are a method of peaceful protest. They have been used as a non violent way to protest, stand up and fight for a cause. Throughout history there have been a couple of marches that stand out from the rest and are on a larger scale. Marches like the Salt march and The March on Washington had a colossal impact on their country's and to the world.

This is Martin Luther King Jr. giving his "I have a Dream" speech

March on Washington

The March on Washington took place on August 28, 1963. Over 200,000 Americans were present in the march. They were marching for the jobs and freedom of people of color. Though they were "free" from slavery and "equal" they were still discriminated. They couldn't get good jobs and were heavily segregated. Most African Americans had labor jobs. Also they could not shop or eat in the same stores and restaurants as whites. The march protested these inequalitys and was led by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. During the march, 200,000 Americans (black and white) shared songs, prayers and speeches. The most famous speech of the march was Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech which was the climax of the event. The march was a huge success. Millions watched on television and the civil rights movement movement gained momentum. It aslo made racism "uncool". After the march president John F. Kennedy said "we can properly be proud of the demonstration that has occurred here today". This inspiried the youth to be more inclusive and support the civil rights movement.

This is a photo of people marching towards the Arabian Sea in the Salt March

Gandhi's Salt March

The Salt March took place on March 12, 1930. Prior to the Salt March, Britian ruled over India. They controlled the manufacturing of salt. Salt is a essential part of the Indians diet, which was problematic because the British put a high tax on salt and made it hard to get. Indian native Mohandas Gandhi opposed not only to the unfair British rule over salt but also believed India had the right to be independent. He lead his followers 250 miles across India to the Arabian Sea where they disobeyed the British laws and made salt from the ocean. Roughly 80,00 Indians (including Gandhi) were arrested for civil disobedience. Despite the arrests, the march was a success. It grabbed the attention of the world and spread awareness about India's situation. 17 years after the march India was granted its independence.

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