Thousands gather at historic Washington civil rights march

Thousands gather at historic Washington civil rights march

The 1963 civil rights March on Washington is commemorated as thousands gather in Washington DC. The demonstrators are also protesting police violence. The families of black Americans shot or killed by police will speak at the same site where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his I Have a Dream speech. Friday’s event is called the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.

The event’s name is a reference to George Floyd’s death. The police shooting of Jacob Blake renews the protests. The relatives of Mr. Blake, Mr. Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Eric Garner are expected to deliver speeches at the march. Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III – the eldest son of Mr. King Jr. will also join others in the event.

The event comes in the wake of at times violent protests over Mr. Blake’s shooting that have left two dead in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police shot and injured Mr. Blake last Sunday. Since the killing of Mr. Floyd in May, marches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against racism and police brutality have swept the US and the globe.

Mr. Floyd died after being held down by police officers, one of whom knelt on his neck. Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home when officers raided her apartment. Protesters are seeking justice for them. Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris addressed the rally virtually. As early as 7 am, attendees lined along Constitution avenue.

Lloyd Miner traveled from Philadelphia this morning as he says, “I’m here to play my role and give this administration the mandate that we mean what we say: we want change.” There’s a sense of urgency for Rex Ikwueme, “We’re in a crisis and we really have got to get things in order,” he says. “We can’t be living like this and we can’t be seeing my people die on film every week. That’s not normal.”

Senior writer at the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
3 of the best national forests in the U.S.
Whenever visiting forests, it is a great opportunity to think about the true beauty of
Residents near wildfire in California battle hazardous air
The smoke coming out of the wildfire on the West Coast is reaching cities several
Belding, Michigan, woman says she received postcard stamped 100 years ago
All of us have witnessed post office delays in terms of receiving a postcard. However,
JP Morgan Chase claims misconduct in government coronavirus relief programs
Several media outlets received a memo released by JP Morgan Chase. The company memo alleged
NWS records historically highest temperature in Los Angeles County
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported on Sunday that they recorded the highest temperature of
Highway construction boosted amid COVID-19 pandemic
CalTrans, the department of transportation of California, was supposed to initiate the construction work of
Outdoor learning is a solution to reopen schools during COVID-19 pandemic
Virtual learning is not adequate for many working families and students due to the lack
COVID-19 Takes a Toll on US Economy
The COVID-19 Pandemic has shaken the US economy. Between April and June, the US economy
US says it will withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany
United States is moving to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany. The move complies with President
POTUS promotes hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment once again
The efficacy of the hydroxychloroquine has been disputed by several trials so far. However, President