1963 March on Washington

1963 March on Washington

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History 25/06/18

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  • The 1963 March on Washington
  • August 28 1963
  • More than 200,000 civil rights supporters gathered at the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
  • Martin Luther Kind made his historical 'I have a dream' speech before the thousands gathered there.
  • ‘Those who hope that the Negro . . . will now be content will have a rude awakening if the Nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.’
  • There was heavy opposition from both the Ku Klux Klan and Malcolm X. Initially JFK opposed the movement, but it was certain the march would take place, he supported it.
  • The protesters marched from the Washington monument to the Lincoln Memorial. This march was known for its civility and peacefulness.
  • The march received widespread attention and was one of the first demonstrations to have extensive media coverage.
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