1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
This is the famous civil rights march comprised of 250,000 people that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech: “I have a dream”.
1969 anti-Vietnam War protest
In 1967, smaller anti-Vietnam rallies were organized across America. The Vietnam War, which left thousands dead, was protested by around 600,000 people.
1981 Solidarity Day March
The spark for this rally was the 12,000 air traffic controllers that were all fired by Ronald Reagan after they went on strike to demand safer working conditions and an increased wage. About 260,000 people showed up in DC in 1981 as a response.
1987 Lesbian and Gay Rights Nation March
Also known as “the Great March”, this protest was a gathering of 200,000 people. Their aim was to stop discrimination against LGBT people and to gain federal money for the research and treatment of AIDS.
1995 Million Man March
Various sources say there was anywhere from 400,000 to 1.1 million people. Their purpose was to stand with fellow African-Americans and to unite their community.
2004 March for Women’s Lives
This pro-choice protest was one of the largest in American history, around 600,000 to 1.1 million attending.
2017 Woman’s March
Approximately 500,000 people protested in the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 4 million appeared for sister marches in over 600 other cities, and over 60 countries on every continent marched in support, including Antartica.