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 political rallies 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. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony 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.
Dr. Martin Luther King: Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.
Dr. Martin Luther King:Let us march on the ballot boxes until the Wallaces of our Nation tremble away in silence.
Dr. Martin Luther King: Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so their children may eat.
Dr. Martin Luther King: Let us march on ballot boxes, until we send to our city councils, state legislatures, and the United States Congress men who will not fear to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.
Dr. Martin Luther King: We will be the participants in a great building process that will make America a new nation. And we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. This is our challenge. This is the way we must grapple with this dilemma, and we will be a great people.