The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
The March for Jobs and Freedom was attempted twice in 1941 and 1963, but only carried out in '63. Planned to march in Washington D.C., in front of the Lincoln Memorial both times, the New Deal didn't originally favor African Americans in jobs or benefits. A. Philip Randolph planned a march in 1941 to gain political and economic equality; however, the march never took place because of Franklin D Roosevelt's opposition to the event.
August 28, 1963
200,000+ Americans from black and white origin stood together with a message. In this peaceful protest they demanded equality. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Both the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People supported this long ignored cause; and for their diverse unity, they got justice.
Both Franklin D Roosevelt and John F Kennedy opposed the march in 1941 and 1963; although, FDR was the only one to stop it. In order to put off the protest, FDR forbade discrimination by defense contractors and issued the Fair Employment Practices Committee. Roosevelt's solutions were only a bandaid for a temporary solution which only lasted from 1941-1946. Lastly, JFK's opposition was ignored by A Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin who organized the new march that couldn't be stopped.
Memorable People in Front of the Memorial
Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel and a civil rights activist, spoke and performed alongside Bob Dylan and John Lewis. Together they inspired Americans to fight for their rights.
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. gave his infamous "I have a dream" speech that called for racial justice and equality. His speech continues to inspire cooperation and the dream of a better world.
People still look back on August 28, 1963 as a joyous day of landmark speeches, songs, prayers, and the spark of the radical movement that sought for equality and civil justice. Martin Luther King Jr's speech instilled faith that black and white people could work together in harmony. One year after the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Thanks to the Civil Rights Act, the US children are able to go to school together and work together no matter the race.
The Woman's March
January 22, 2017
500,000+ marched in Washington DC on the day after the inauguration of President Trump. People were furious with his new proposed policies. All over the world there were 673 marches with approximately 5 million attendees worldwide and 3,300,000-4,600,00 estimated in the United States. With such a mass crowd they proved how powerful and necessary it is to have justice. They fought for safety, health, diversity, worker rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, racial, and gender rights. Most importantly, they fought for individual freedom and equality.
"Woman's rights are human rights"
Different People, Same Problem
In the developing world and places in America, the wide gap of inequality is similar to the inequality of race in 1963. Girls aren't given the same education opportunities as men, voiding them of future jobs and leading them to the oppressive life of dependance. The best investment for a country to make is in the education of girls. When countries argue they can't afford to send their girls to school, how can they not afford to raise the generation that could change things? In many ways, the female struggle to be equal with males is like the racial struggle for equality between blacks and whites seen at the Washington March.