Rev. Sharpton (center) pictured above leading a George Floyd rally in June
Tens of thousands gathered Friday, August 28 at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the historic 1963 civil rights March on Washington. The demonstration, took place on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, seeks “to restore and recommit to the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined” that year.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network planned the march in partnership with the NAACP and others after he announced the event during George Floyd’s funeral in June. The announcement came at the height of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice spurred by the police killing of Floyd — who died in late May after a White Minneapolis police officer knelt on the Black man’s neck — and other Black Americans. Sharpton and Martin Luther King III, a son of the late civil rights legend, are expected to participate in the event.
Event organizers have stressed that the march would comply with health guidance and local ordinances related to the coronavirus pandemic of social distancing and face masks .
It was billed as a march to demand police reform and justice and will be led by the families that “know the pain” including the families of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and local DC families impacted by police violence. Thousands showed up with signs masked and ready to make it clear that with no justice there will be no peace and to show the current administration and leaders what democracy looked like and that Black Lives Matter.
NAN also encouraged attendees to fill out the 2020 US Census, register to vote, and sign up to be poll workers and monitors.
Attendees gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for a two-hour pre-program kicks off. The main program started at 11 a.m. ET. Attendees heard from civil rights leaders, the impacted families and community organizers.
The march started at the Lincoln Memorial and ended at the MLK Memorial
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