Demonstration with the goal of all people having the same rights
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Big-Six civil-right leaders were speakers
Over 250,000 gathered at the Capital on Aug. 28, 1963, one-quarter being white. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what would become a very famous speech that included speaking of an America where his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” And ended with “Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty we are free at last.”
The March on Washington united many groups that all called for passage of civil rights laws. President Kennedy promised his support.