March on Washington Emma Steinert

Background Information

On August 28, 1963 American citizens from all over travelled to Washington D.C. to protest social and economic discrimination against African Americans.

People protest outside of a business that states it can "serve whom they please". This is one of the things the Washington March was protesting.
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.

Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech.
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.

On the left, a picture of only a small portion of the people that marched. On the right, a creative sign a woman held during the march.

Both the March on Washington for African American rights and Women rights were one of the biggest protests in each of their time periods. Also, both protests used the same style of protesting (marching and using signs).

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Wolf, Z. B. (2017, January 22). More than 1 million marched against Trump in US -- and that's without counting DC. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from

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