What changed US? What changed US? - Page 9

On August 28 of 1963, more than 200,000 people protested peacefully in front of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, to demand equality for everyone.

What it was?

The March on Washington was a protest that happened due to the lack of equality and because of segregation and racism. The protestants wanted the same civil rights, jobs and freedom for all citizens.

It congregated different groups that were looking for the same objectives.

The march was organized by the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement: A. Philip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis.

But, not all the activists who were fighting for the civil rights supported the march. One of those was Malcolm X, who said that the march was a fraud because it was a nonviolent movement.

There was a lot of speakers at the march and the last one who spoke was Martin Luther King Jr., when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, which said that he believed in a world where the people wouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin, but because of the content of their soul.

Beside of the presence of motivational speakers, there were singers, like Bob Dylan, in there to entertain the protestants.

And after?

This march was one of the most important movements to achieve the equality.

Consequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was created. This legislation prohibited the discrimination against black people and women. In conclusion, that law ended segregation and discrimination.