March on Washington
1963 was noted for racial and civil rights examples. Nationwide outrage was sparked by news coverage of police actions in Birmingham, Alabama, where attack dogs and fire hoses were turned against protestors, many of whom were in their early teens or even younger. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and jailed during these protests, writing his famous "Letter From Birmingham City Jail,". Dozens of additional demonstrations took place across the country, from California to New York, culminating in the March on Washington. President Kennedy backed a Civil Rights Act, which was stalled in Congress by the summer.