March on Washington 2020 Brings Thousands to DC
Thousands of activists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC today to demand racial equality.
Today is the 57th anniversary of the original "March on Washington" in which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech.
Planning for the event began in June after George Floyd's funeral. Organizers say they want to highlight the civil rights issues of today and bring well-known speakers to address the crowd while also mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus with strict safety protocols.
The march, named the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March on Washington, began at the Lincoln Memorial and will be followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park. The event is expected to end about 3 p.m.
Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke to the marchers in a recorded video saying, "If we work together to challenge every instinct our nation has to return to the status quo … we have an opportunity to make history, right here and right now."
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