March on Washington

Geneva Angus

Summary

Even though African Americans had been freed from slavery, most of them still faced segregation, unfair rights, and intense racism. The March on Washington was one of the largest rallies for human rights in U.S. history and took place I'm Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. An estimated 250,000 people (mostly African American) gathered at the Washington Monument. Various people spoke at the march and multiple singers like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Mahalia Jackson performed at the event. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his worldwide famous speech "I Have a Dream" in which he wrote to end racism.

August 28, 1963

Effects on the Civil Rights Movement

The march and the "I Have a Dream" speech had a huge effect on the civil rights movement. It also convinced congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.