March On Washington

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March on Washington ( Civil Rights March on Washington, D. C) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have A Dream Speech” is probably one of the most well known speeches to this day. The speech was just a small part of a bigger picture that took place, The March on Washington. During this time, many individuals, white and black, came together to take a stand against segregation. This march was intended for the voices of the civil rights leaders to be heard. More than 200,000 black and white Americans shared a joyous day of speeches, songs, and prayers led by a celebrated array of clergymen, civil rights leaders, politicians, and entertainers. (“March on Washington”). As blacks faced continuing discrimination in the postwar years, the March on Washington group met annually to reiterate blacks' demands for economic equality. The civil rights movement of the 1960s transformed the political climate, and in 1963, black leaders began to plan a new March on Washington, designed specifically to advocate passage of the Civil Rights Act then stalled in Congress. The 1960’s were noted for racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations. Nationwide outrage was sparked by media coverage of police actions in Birmingham, Alabama, where attack dogs and fire hoses were turned against protestors, many of whom were in their early teens or younger (Civil Rights March on Washington). During these protests, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested. (O'Hagan, Sean). It was at this time where he wrote his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” which suggested civil disobedience against unjust laws. Many additional protests took place across the country from California to New York, leading up to the March on Washington. (O'Hagan, Sean). On August 28 the marchers arrived. By 11 o'clock in the morning, more than 200,000 had gathered by the Washington Monument, where the march was to begin.
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