The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (or “The Great March on Washington,“ as styled in a sound recording released after the event) was one of the largest Demonstration for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.
Actors Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston attended the march on 28 August 1963 (1963-08-28)
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.
The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations,under the theme “jobs, and freedom.”Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 (police) to over 300,000 (leaders of the march). Observers estimated that 75–80% of the marchers were black and the rest were white and non-black minorities.
The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964)and the Voting Rights Act (1965).