AP US Government : Protests

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Example Questions

Example Question #2 : Political Participation

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a protest that was instrumental in the passage of

Possible Answers:

Equal Pay Act of 1963.

the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972.

the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Education Amendments Act of 1972.

Correct answer:

the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


The March on Washington was one of the largest protests in American history, with an estimated 250,000 people gathering on the Washington Mall to force congress to pass civil rights legislation. After the August 28, 1963 March, many Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph met with members of congress. After a long legislative process, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which legally prohibited discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, was passed on July 2, 1964.

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