March On Washington

By: Sadiyyah Holsey

Background Information:

  • March on Washington was a protest for jobs and freedom. The protest began due to discrimination towards African Americans even after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

  • Blacks being separated from whites and the exclusion of African Americans from positions in the national defense industry led up to the March on Washington.

  • Unfair treatment of African Americans led up to the need to shine light on what African Americans faced on a daily basis. By 1963 racial discrimination was a problem in many cities and towns. This spurred people to begin protesting at that time.
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Information about the protest:

  • People protested by gathering in groups at Washington D.C. and used documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the U.S. Constitution to show that African Americans have the right to equality.

  • To get their point across they shared speeches, songs and prayers. One of the most famous speeches that was delivered at the protest on August 28, 1963 was "I dream", by Martin Luther King Jr.

  • This speech received national attention about the challenges against African Americans. “I have a dream” has been hailed as the most important speech of the twentieth century.

Effects of the protest:

  • About a year after the March on Washington Kennedy’s legislation Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

  • The protest also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


  • Government realized - unfair treatment towards African Americans
  • Discrimination towards a group of people is unnecessary and goes against American beliefs


  • 200,000 blacks and whites that protested peacefully - symbolic moment and a turning point on racial discrimination. Changed the perspective of the American government.

Assessment question:

The participants of the March on Washington demonstrated their belief system by protesting equality. They demonstrated peaceful protest and shared speeches, songs and prayers. A famous speech that showed the belief system of the protesters was "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King Jr. This peaceful speech demonstrated the equality that African Americans deserved.
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I have a dream - Martin Luther King and the March on Washington in full HD