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The biggest marches and protests in American history



  • Millions of people in US history have protested and marched against injustices in an effort to enact social change.
  • One of the most famous protests in US history was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
  • The Women’s March in 2017 was the largest march in US history, attracting between 3.2 and 5.2 million people.
  • Over the past week, protests sparked by the death of George Floyd have seen tens of thousands march against systemic racism and the killing of black people in America.
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Americans across the country are publicly expressing outrage at police brutality and the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others.

Protests have occured through US history as a way for Americans to express outrage against hate, inequality, and violence and to enact change. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 successfully pressured the Kennedy administration to pass civil rights bills.

The Women’s March in 2017 was the largest single-day demonstration in US history, attracting up to 5.2 million protesters. 

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest marches in American history.

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