The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, led in part by Martin Luther King Jr., had over 200,000 people attend, the largest attendance of any of his marches. During the events of the August 1963 march, Dr. King delivered his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream."
The march was undertaken to help draw attention to African Americans' exclusion from many aspects of American life, especially the workforce. African American people were being disenfranchised, had poor or limited job mobility, and minimal wages. There were still segregation policies in some parts of the South, and voting rights had not yet been well established for African American people.