Q:

Who attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom?

A:

Quick Answer

A major event in the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1900s, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was attended by more than 200,000 demonstrators of various age, race and gender, including major civil rights figures, such as Dr. Martin Luther King and John Lewis, and religious figures, such as Rabbi Joachim Prinz and Reverend Patrick O'Boyle, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Dr. King and other prominent figures not only participated in the march, but also gave speeches at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall; this event served as the venue for Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

In addition to speeches given by Civil Rights Movement figures, the March on Washington featured performances by musicians including Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer and white folk singers Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. After the march and speeches concluded, the speakers moved from the National Mall to the White House in order to meet with President John F. Kennedy. As the official title of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom indicates, one of the main goals of the event was to draw attention to the difficulty facing African Americans who were seeking jobs in a hostile and institutionally discriminatory environment.

Learn more about Modern History

Related Questions

Explore