The goal of the March on Washington was to show support for an end to segregation, the passage of civil rights legislation, government support for impoverished workers and a $2-an-hour minimum wage, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Marchers also called for the government to fight discrimination more aggressively.
The full name of the event was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and it took place on Aug. 28, 1963. Its name reflects the concerns that people of color in America were denied participation in not only the political realm, but also in the economic realm. Systematic exclusion from certain jobs, centuries of oppression and a lack of educational opportunities had conspired to leave many African-Americans impoverished. The organizers of the march, including the NAACP, SCLC, CORE and SNCC saw that integrating political and economic rights was the only way to gain true equality.