The Washington DC march took place on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial (Benoit, 2014). The march was meant to address issues relating to jobs and freedom regarding the blacks’ and fellows Americans’ lifestyles. The march had partaken just a day before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a prominent speaker and civil rights leader, delivered his speech noting the dream he had. The labor unions organized the march, including civil rights organizations, and religious institutions that were inclusive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, the United Auto Workers, and the National Council of Churches.
Standing for What’s Right
The 1963 march had plenty of lessons to learn from. The main lessons that I learned from the march on Lincoln Memorial were that I should always stand for what’s right no matter what the cost. Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned what black Americans were facing in the United States of America; he decided to stand up for them and fight for their rights (Benoit, 2014). He defended their rights even if it meant taking him to jail and making sure nothing made him change his stand. In certain times it may be quite difficult to stand for what’s right due to the aftermath of the choice we’ve made, but in the long run, we are defined by our choices.
Racism was Dominant
Impunity was widespread in the US in the 1960s. Racial bigotry had dominated the US as black Americans were turned down for job positions they fit in perfectly. The peak of impunity made it difficult for black Americans to get decent housing. This was the primary reason that more than 200,000 whites and blacks convened a peaceful gathering to demand greater equality (Benoit, 2014). The working conditions were very wanting, and the laborers that were employed joined the march to advocate for better working conditions and an increment in the remuneration.
Changes in the Civil Rights Act
Owing to the Washington, DC march, effective and comprehensive civil rights legislation was put in place. After Dr. Martin Luther King’s Speech, both white and black Americans who had joined the march were made aware of the demand of the march (Benoit, 2014). The key event organizers, Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, read the demands to the people (Benoit, 2014). The changes in the civil rights act finally came through though at a very high cost; the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963. Kennedy’s predecessor, President Lyndon B. John used the murder as a stepping stone towards building support for the law.
The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy’s assassination was such a critical moment in the history series of the United States of America. According to Dallas; The Apparently Official President John F. Kennedy’s murder was one of the crimes in human history that were thoroughly looked into (Champion, 2016). It may be entirely incompatible with comparing President Kennedy’s murder to the death of Julius Caesar. The main difference between the two investigations is the strictness of the technological tools, and the depth of scrutiny applied in President Kennedy’s murder investigation.
The investigation into President John F. Kennedy’s (JFK) death led to the innovation and invention of new investigative weapons. The inventions that took place afterward made the unending quest into JFK’s assassination. JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. The assassination was carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald when the president was in a motorcade through downtown (Champion, 2016). Later on that same year, Lee Harvey Oswald was himself assassinated while on live television in the process of being transported in police custody (Champion, 2016). Jack Ruby undertook his assassination in retaliation to his earlier jester towards JFK.
President Kennedy’s assassination was found to be kind of hard to be believed by American citizens. This was because they felt the president’s death was a conspiracy by fellow presidential aspirants to uproot him from power. The latter made it quite possible for Americans to accept that JFK had been slain because Lee Harvey Oswald was a one-time defector of the Soviet Union. The death of President Kennedy remains an unhealed wound for Americans: mentions of Dallas bring forth dark memories of a downtown motorcade, a mad rush to Parkland Hospital, administration of an oath of office to the then deputy president Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One, blood-stained Jacqueline Kennedy’s clothes. The black and white cast of these slow-motion memories reminds Americans of their sad past.
The high emotional connection that the president shared with his citizens is evident in the rapid increment in the number of people visiting the Arlington National Cemetery, The John F. Kennedy Library, and Museum (Champion, 2016). Apart from that, many articles have been written in his honor, including The making of the President 1964 by Theodore H. White. The article by Theodore describes the assassination of President JFK as a clap of alarm as sharp and startling as Pearl Harbor and an episode to be remembered. The most annoying part of JFK’s death was that even after his death, Americans could still sit in their living rooms and through their television sets; they could still see President Kennedy joking with Texans hours earlier (Champion, 2016).
Benoit, Peter. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 2014.
Champion, Terrel, Remembering Jobs and not Just Freedom: The Intersectionality of Race and Class & the Rhetorical Ecology of the 1963 march on Washington. Master’s thesis, Georgetown University