The March on Washington

A major point in the Civil Rights Movement

Summary

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by a number of civil rights and religious groups, the event was designed to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country. The march, which became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United States, culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.

Key points

Martin Luther King Jr lead the protest. Infront of him stood thousands of African Americans.

The March lasted all throughout August 28th, 1963.

After it took place, Americans noticed how serious this issue was. It opened the eyes to many citizens and politicians how far African Americans were willing to go without resorting to violence.