March on Washington By: Trent Gutterman


In Washington August 28, 1963 more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. This gathering was for a political rally called the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom. The event was to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country.

Goal of Event

African Americans continually facing the challenges that they did all across the country they had wanted people to know the political and social challenges that they had faced.

Where the March on Washington took place
People Involved

Most of the people involved for the march were African Americans. In addition to Martin Luther King Jr., the March on Washington featured speeches and performances from John Lewis, Josephine Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Also President John F. Kennedy showed as little enthusiasm for the march.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Obstacles and Outcomes

A big obstacle they had was blacks facing discrimination. However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference elaborated arrangements were made to ensure a harmonious event, putting aside heir long-standing rivalry.

The March on Washington was an unprecedented success with having more than 200,000 black and white Americans sharing a day full of speeches, songs, and prayers led by civil rights leaders, politicians, and entertainers.

Similar Event

The women's right march on Washington is a similar event to the March on Washington. The Women's March was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, immigration reform, and healthcare.

Women's March on Washington

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