Why Was the March on Washington Important?

The March on Washington was important because it was intended to fight for the rights of African-Americans for jobs and freedom. Organized by religious groups and civil groups, the march was intended to shed light on the challenges that black citizens were facing 100 years after emancipation.

The event was marked by the popular "I Have a Dream" speech, presented by Martin Luther King Jr. at Lincoln Memorial. On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people of all races gathered to demand economic equality and an end to discrimination. The March on Washington helped to create a momentum for the Civil Rights Act, which was enacted in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.