How much are our troops making: does history repeat itself? Lets find out. By trina hendrickson

Civil Rights Movement: March on Washington 1963

The March on Washington was a building block to the new future. Equal pay, treating others equally and making everyone feel welcome. The infamous march still marks the most powerful speech from Martin Luther King Jr. who wanted equality. The Civil Rights Activists used The March on Washington to focus attention on racial equality, helping people voice concerns over wage discrimination. The speech gave many minorities hope for the future in America, to the so called "Home of the Free".

20,000 gather together to share on common goal, United and spread equal freedoms and close the wage gap.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Martin Luther King Jr.

Who was protesting:

  1. Anyone who felt Americans didn't have equal rights
  2. People that wanted a change
  3. African Americans who wanted more rights
  4. Minorities
  5. There were many organizations such as National Assoc. for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), The American Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). That were represented at the March.

What challenges did African American people face?

Each person had their challenges, when each new law was passed many white Americans ignored the laws. The laws were rarely enforced. Many minorities were angry due to the restriction of their voting rights. Another major obstacles was the wage inequality.

How they beat the obstacles?

The March on Washington lead to the Act of 1964 which allowed African Americans and many minorities to have equal right and WAGE. This is one of the biggest outcome of the march. The government was stalling when the President brought up the inequalities, to move the filibustering along the march on Washington brought up the dreams of what it would it be like after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"Separate doesn't mean equal"

What are the impacts of the March on Washington:

We remember the image of 20,000 americans standing up for what they believe in. But some of the changes you don't even think about anymore.

  1. We had our first Minority president in 2008
  2. Jackie Robinson changed Baseball forever with him be the first African American to play in a major league game.
  3. Our schools are very diverse
  4. It helped draw attention to move the Civil Rights Act 1964 to pass
Top row(Left to Right) Martin Luther King Jr. artwork; Martin Luther king Jr memorial; The statue of the African American people going to school; statues of young girls going to school; Martin Luther King speaking at in Washington, with the famous "I have a Dream Speech March on Washington.

Modern Inequalities

Similar to the wage inequality African-Americans were facing, our current military personal are battling unfair wages. How much are our Military troops making? Lets break it down.

Top row(left to right): US navy solider saying goodbye to his girlfriend; statues of Iwo Jima during World War two; Second Row: solider firing of mortar; Rising the flag; a paratrooper jumping training; soldiers folding up a flag of a casket; Third row: soldiers jumping into a lake from a helicopter.
"Oh say does that star spangle banner yet wave, for the land of the free, and the home of the brave"

Since when does flipping burgers earn more money that saving our freedoms. United States Army starts their privates (the base level in the Army) at 7.25 and hour which adds up to 18,194 in total gross income. So what is fast food paying their employees, funny you should ask. To flip burgers you get paid 15 dollars an hour, which added up to 30,000 and year. To compare the averge american makes 37,000 a year To reach this cash flow in the US military you have to be in the military for four year minimum and also have to be a sergeant. Okay now that you know that fast food jobs are being paid 7.75 more than people that are protecting our basic rights as Americans, how is this fair to military personal. Why does this matter, well during the Civil Rights movement they spoke up and shared that they are working the same jobs but are being paid less than white majority americans. Today, soldiers aren't speaking up because they sign up knowing the pay is bad. But they sign up because its the right thing to do. During the March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. expresses his feelings towards how Caucasian people are being paid more for the same job or worst. The March on Washington allow people to voice their options on wage. This event lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which allowed people to gain equal wage gaps. Today, military personal are still trying to get paid equal to someone who is working at fast food restaurants. Lets make an impact today so we do not repeat history.

“These men of the special forces have had other options in their lives, other paths, easier paths they could have taken. But they took the hardest path, that narrow causeway that is not for the sunshine patriot." Marcus Luttrell


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