About 50,000 people take part in the event
A march on Washington, 57 years after the historic march on Washington, D.C., was held in the U.S. capital on Friday, 57 years after the historic march on Washington, where participants fought for jobs and freedom. It was during that march that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
This year’s march was a continuation of months of protests against police violence against African-Americans. The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in May while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Floyd’s death was a symbol of the many deaths of African-Americans in the United States while being detained by police.
Marsh, who was due to take part in Friday’s shooting, was named as “Get your knee off your neck”, which is related to the circumstances of Floyd’s death.
Earlier this week, a police officer shot and firing several times at Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African-American man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake is now paralyzed.
Friday’s event was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’ National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and other organizations, including the NAACP, the nation’s oldest human rights organization, as well as the Federation of Hispanics, the National Urban League and other human rights groups.
The event began on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and a few hours later demonstrators will march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Speakers will include legislators and relatives of people who have died as a result of police violence.
The march was originally expected to be attended by up to 100,000 people, but the national park service said this week that the number of participants had been reduced to 50,000.
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say everyone will have a temperature check. In addition, 200 hand disinfection items will be installed and all participants will be required to wear masks.