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On June 3, 1963, thousands of civil rights activists came together in Washington D.C., at the March for Jobs and Freedom. The march took the form of a peaceful protest, lasting five hours, to pressure elected officials to prioritize civil rights legislation, as well as to fight for economic justice for African Americans. Fueled by speeches from political leaders both famous and unknown, the march succeeded in bringing attention to the civil rights movement, and to this day remains an iconic example of the power of peaceful protest.

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