Goals of the March on Washington
There were many goals of the March on Washington. One was to shed light onto the political and social challenges African Americans faced. But, advocating for economic equality and showing america African Americans deserved to be treated fairly was the main goal of the event.
Who Was Involved?
Many American citizens, African American and white, were involved in the march. Arguably one of the most important people there was Martin Luther King Jr. He gave his infamous "I Have a Dream" speech at the protest.
Obstacles Protesters had to Overcome
The group of protesters faced many challenges; one obvious one was discrimination. Another challenge was gaining enough funding for the event. Many donations, bake sales, and fashion shows were made in order to overcome this obstacle.
Lasting Impacts of the Event
One major lasting impact of the march was the infamous "I Have a Dream Speech" (as seen below) by Martin Luther King Junior. This left a lasting impact on many Americans and is one of the reasons we now ave Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Also, a huge impact was made by the event by being the biggest protest ever made at the time, it was a major step toward ending discrimination.
Martin Luther King Jr. giving his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Modern Day Inequality
Today, women fight for some of the same reasons African Americans did - equal pay in the work place. On January 21, 2017 over a million people marched in Washington D.C. for Women's Rights.