Protest This: March Through History

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Of course the Women’s March was not the first march on Washington. Check out Business Insider’s overview of the nine biggest marches and protests in United States history, including:

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — August 28, 1963

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — August 28, 1963

“Approximately 250,000 people participated in this 1963 civil rights march in DC, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I have a Dream” speech.”

The Million Woman March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — October 25, 1997

The Million Woman March in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — October 25, 1997

“In 1997, two years after the Million Man March, anywhere from 500,000 to 2 million people convened for the Million Woman March. The event, which was held on a rainy Saturday in 1997, included prayer, musical performances, and speeches by local organizers and civil rights activists.”

Protests against the Iraq war in America’s largest cities— February 15-16, 2003

Protests against the Iraq war in America's largest cities— February 15-16, 2003

“As a protest to George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, between 10 to 15 million people marched in 600 cities across the world in 2003. At least 500,000 people protested in American cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

It’s known as the biggest protest in world history.”

To earn points, tell us whether or not you think marches are an effective way of making change? If so, why? If not, why not? Is there a better way to go?

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