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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