The March On Washington


What Happened

Nationwide outrage occurred in 1963 where coverage of police actions in Birmingham, Alabama, where attack dogs and fire hoses were turned against protesters, many of whom were in their early teens or younger. Martin Luther King, Jr.,who was arrested and jailed during these protests, wrote his famous "Letter From Birmingham City Jail," which talks about civil disobedience against unjust laws.

fun fact

  • black and white people marched

Who Made It Happen?

Philip Randolph proposed that African-Americans march on Washington to demand jobs and freedom. Because of this, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, which banned discrimination in the federal government and defense industries in June 1941.

The planning of the march was handled by Bayard Rustin, Randolph’s trusted associate. Rustin was a veteran activist with extensive experience in putting together mass protest. With only two months to plan, Rustin established his headquarters in Harlem, NY, with a smaller office in Washington. He and his helpers, of 200 volunteers, quickly put together the largest, peaceful, demonstration of citizens feelings in U.S. history.

Fun Fact

"The march on Washington cost $ 29,563 to organize in D.C., including $18,838 for sound equipment."

"I Have a Dream"

250,000 were attracted to the famous Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," speech.
MLK; March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom 1963/08/28

fun fact

  • "The March on Washington brought together the Big Six coalition of civil rights groups: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by King, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee headed by John Lewis, the National Urban League, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People."


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Funny fact

"The number of toilets at the march was a big concern."


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From Grayson and Macy