Important Protests and Riots That Changed the World Forever

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

23. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

On 28th of August, 1963, an estimated of 250,000 participants (with about 80% black individuals) took to the marching for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., in one of United States’ largest political rallies. Also known as The Great March on Washington, the motive behind this march was to promote economic and civil rights for African Americans.

At the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, calling for an end to racism. As a result of the march, the United States saw the passing of Civil Rights Act, 1964 – a landmark law which outlawed discrimination on the grounds of race, colour and national origin.

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