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Bell Ringer: Civil Rights March on Washington

Civil Rights Movement: March on Washington

John Lewis talks about the events leading up to The March on Washington.


Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) describes the events leading up to the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Who were the "Big Six?" What motivated them to march on Washington? What were some of the moral issues that influenced them?
  • What was the result of President Kennedy's meeting with the "Big Six?" According to Rep. Lewis, how did the President react to the news of the protest?
  • Why do you think Rep. Lewis described the March as "America at its best?" Describe his personal account of the day.
  • List the key legislation from 1964 and 1965 that was likely influenced by the March. Why was that legislation significant to Rep. Lewis?



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  • Nonviolent Protest
  • Petition
  • Revolution


Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesU.S. History


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