March on Washington/Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream”

200,000 people came to protest peacefully for Civil Rights, in Washington D.C.

March on Washington/Martin Luther King Jr.

On August 5th, 1963, a huge event took place dealing with the Civil Rights movement. In Washington D.C. 200,000 assembled to peacefully protest, both blacks and whites, for equal rights of all citizens, no matter the color. The Civil Rights Act was in congress, the act was programmed to make segregation illegal no matter what gender or race. Part of the March’s agenda was to get the word of Civil Rights across so Congress would approve the act, instead of leave it sit in Congress for a while. The March was organized by many Civil Rights groups and activists, and religious groups as well that believed everyone should be treated equally.

The March on Washington was extremely successful, one of the main speakers at the event was Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a African American advocate of rights for all people. King Jr. promoted protest through peace, and did not believe violence would solve any matter in the fight for equality. Martin Luther King presented a famous speech called “I have a dream” during the March on Washington. The speech consisted of King Jr. speaking of “having a dream” that whites and blacks children could hold hands together, play together, and mainly coexist with each other happily. The same went for “having a dream” that businesses and schools would be desegregated. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech touched the whole nation, many felt that desegregation could actually happen and blacks and whites can live happily together. The speech was the highlight of the March on Washington.

Although Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech was the main event of the March on Washington, there were other speakers in D.C. at the same time as well including Josephine Barker, an African American woman who was the first African American female to be in a major picture film. Also, singer Bob Dylan performed.

The March on Washington was on live media coverage so the nation could see the non-violent protest first hand. Americans could see the struggles the African Americans have to face day by day just by watching their television. Many Americans were moved by their struggles, while others still felt as though African Americans could never have the same rights as whites, and these people caused agony to the African Americans for more years to come. The March was important because it showed how many people were willing to fight for Civil Rights, black or white, and it provided hope for the future, for if all these people could rally for equality why couldn’t they change a law? Equality felt so near to the African Americans, and it was closer than ever before.

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2 Responses to March on Washington/Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a dream”

  1. golopes2012 says:

    I think the March on Washington is one of the most remarkable events of American history. No doubt that it had a huge influence on the Civil Rights Movement. However, the “I Have a Dream” speech is what made the March on Washington so popular. Good Job.

  2. golopes2012 says:

    To me the March on Washinton was a huge stepping stone for the Civil Rights Movement. With speakers influencing people to be non violent was a huge effect because if Martin Luther King Jr. said that the only way to get the Civil RIghts Act passed by violence there would be so many more casulities during this era. I’m so glad that Suzie pointed out that Bob Dylan preformed during the march because he was a major folk musican of the 1960’s. I love hearing MLK “I have a dream” speech because it is spoken with so much passion and explained to the public that violence was not necessary tog et equal rights.

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