Significance Of The March On Washington

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Significance of the March on Washington The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held on 23rd August 1963 in Washington, D.C. The March was held as a Civil Rights Movement for African American people who faced much legal discrimination from the “Jim Crow Laws.” The event was hosted by the leaders of the Civil Rights movements known as the “Big Six”, consisting of A. Phillip Randolph, Whitney M. Young Jr, Martin Luther King Jr, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis. The event was held as final push for the activists to achieve their rights. The result had much significance as more than 200,000 Americans attended. It was estimated that 75-80% of the audience were African Americans protesting to gain their civil rights. This can be…show more content…
Kennedy who shook hands with the leaders and discussed about a civil rights legislation. On July 2nd 1954 the Civil Rights acts was passed on. The act outlaws discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. This lead to the desegregation of African Americans allowing them to use public transport equally, attending school with other races, equal use of medical facilities, etc. Although the desegregation was lifted, some locals believed that the government shouldn’t ban segregation in public areas and still continued to segregate people in public accommodations. This led to further violence and unrest between races. The act still continued to influence other important civil rights legislations such as, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Voting rights act 1965 and the Civil rights Act of 1968. The Civil rights act of 1964 was an important and vital part of civil rights movements and was able to be achieved by the March on Washington and the civil rights activists who took part. The March was a major significant event as it was one of the largest gathering for protest, gave light to the everyday challenges and hardship that the African- Americans citizens faced, successfully achieved its main goal of gaining civil rights for jobs and freedom, and it finally was an inspirational movement for the future generations to learn from. As said in Source B, “It was the greatest assembly for a redress of grievances that this capital has ever
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