Free by '63: the March on Washington Essay

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Free by '63: The March on Washington

One hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation was written, African Americans were still fighting for equal rights in every day life. The first real success of this movement did not come until the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 which was followed by many boycotts and protests. The largest of these protests, the March on Washington, was held on August 28, 1963 "for jobs and freedom" (March on Washington 11). An incredible amount of preparation went into the event to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people attending from around the nation and to deal with any potential incidents.

According to the march organizers, the march would symbolize their demands of "the
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It showed that success was possible, but only through continued efforts and organization. According to James M. Nabrit, Jr., the March made the country much more aware of the demand of African Americans and the jobless conditions that most of them faced at the time.

The sources consulted for the March on Washington as a whole are in an agreement. Most sources

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