Past Marches: Coxey's Army | Bonus Army | Marian Anderson Concert | March on Washington
Earth Day | May Day Anti-War | ERA | Lesbian, Gay & Bi Rights | Million Man March
When Jacob Coxey's Army of protesters marched on Washington, D.C. in 1894, Americans had never before seen the nation's capital used for public protest. A new American political tradition was born. Marching on Washington has become a modern political strategy with the public spaces and monuments of the Mall serving as a stage for social protest.
There have been many marches on Washington over the last 100 years. The 1963 March on Washington organized by Bayard Rustin marked a turning point in the history of these demonstrations. After 1963, large demonstrations were frequently seen in the capital. Behind them is an established belief that marching on Washington can make a difference and public thought and policy can be changed when citizens march. Here is a partial list of some of the most influential demonstrations on our nation's capitol starting with the first.