The March on Washington Owen Hey

The March on Washington was the climax of the Civil Rights Movement, and the U.S has not forgotten its impact.

This was one of King's final pushes for Civil Rights, and he aimed for the heart of the country, D.C.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Everyone has heard King's "I have a dream" speech before, but its impact is broader than just memory. After years of fighting against the oppression of black lives, going to jail multiple times, and having thousands of his fellow African Americans killed in protest, King was able to march through Washington and give his most memorable speech. The purpose of his speech is to both inspire hope and give people something realistic to fight for. "one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character". This idea is the main driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement. The idea that people were not seen as wrong or right based on their skin color, but judged by their actions.

Over 200,000 people showed up to protest in Washington, and were supported by the JFK administration.

Although this is the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, it is by no means over. Bombings, lynchings and segregation continue for years to come.

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." - King

This quote also shows that MLK was open towards cooperation with the whites. Unlike other black leaders such as Malcolm X, he still wanted to be integrated with the white people. Although they had been abusive and oppressive towards the black community for hundreds of years, King still showed tolerance and willingness to cooperate. This is significant because if King had different views about the role of blacks in American society, the U.S might be extremely different culturally than it is today.

The massive support for this march showed just how powerful the Civil Rights Movement was becoming.

Very few people expected the attendance to be this large, and even fewer expected white attendance to be so great.

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