March on Washington Jade Triplett

August 28, 1963, 200,000 to 300,000 people of all races gathered outside of the White House and had a peaceful protest. Martin Luther King Jr. and many other important Civil Rights leaders helped lead the protestors. These protestors tried to bring peoples attention to the issues that African Americans faced like social and political injustice. In many ways was this day was historical and has helped demonstrate the Civil Rights Movement. Celebrities showed up and even supported the protest. Many celebrities even helped entertain the marchers. The March on Washington was peaceful which helped people share there beliefs with others.

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech outside of the White House to the many protestors that marched along side him. In the speech he addressed how he wants to have equal rights and that is why he became an activist.

200,000 to 300,000 people stood outside the White House and protested. They aimed for voting rights, no more segregation in public schools, equal jobs, full employment, etc. This protest helped them get the rights that wanted and needed. After this march, there were many more to try to achieve there goal of equality.

Famous singers Bob Dylan and Joan Baez showed up at the protest and sang for the protestors. They showed there support and hoped that it would help influence others to do the same. Many other celebrities showed up too, some just marched and others entertained.

At the end of the day in Washington, John F Kennedy invited the Civil Right leaders into the White House to meet. Before the march, the Kennedy Administration tried to get the march cancelled many times but when it didn't work John F Kennedy told people he knew that the march had to be successful. The Kennedy Administration was afraid if there was violence at this March that the Civil Rights Act that JFK had just introduced wouldn't get passed.

Womens Rights

January 21st, 2017 there was a worldwide protest regarding women's rights. Many people went to state capitals and the White House, the nation's capital, to protest. There were all ages, races, and genders helping protest. About 500,000 people showed up in Washington but it was estimated that about 5 million people participated worldwide. There were 408 known protests in the US and 161 in other countries.

Trumps sexist comments through out his presidential campaign angered people. They used the things he said to help protest, this helped the people unaware of the type of things Trump say become alert.

There is a gender wage gap in the United States and it is a big issue that women are trying to overcome. This protest was partly about the wage gap, but also about Trump's negative comments about women, as well as how woman are treated. Women are trying to gain the last part of equality that is deserved.

Many celebrities joined the march and some even sang. Scarlet Johansson gave a speech in Washington along with a few other celebrities. James franco, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Alicia Keys and many other celebrities joined fellow protestors on the street with signs encouraging women's rights. Having celebrities at the marches helped bring good media. It helped encourage many to participate.

There were a lot of similarities in the March in 1963 and 2017. Both marches had a similar purpose of gaining equality and getting equal pay. There were many supporters from all groups and a big turn out. The location in 1963 was the same as in 2017. Although there were many similarities, there were a few differences within the group of people that the protest was for and the era. Differences aside, both protests had an impact on the people that supported the marches and that the people that didn't support it.


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