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Historic March On Washington updates: Sharpton bemoans ‘broken promises’ as Thousands March in D.C.

By Patricia Sullivan, Lori Aratani, Dana Hedgpeth, Emily Davies, Lola Fadulu, Marissa J. Lang, Meagan Flynn, Julie Zauzmer, Justin George, Teddy Amenabar, Kyle Swenson, Jessica Contrera, Katie Mettler, Peter Jamison, Michelle Boorstein, Michael Brice-Saddler and Samantha Schmidt

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Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III will lead a March on Washington in protest of police brutality. Protesters and activists will gather at the Lincoln Memorial to hear the day’s programming before marching to the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. Thousands are expected to march virtually.

Thousands of protesters gathered Friday at the Lincoln Memorial to call for overall criminal justice restructuring and racial equality while honoring the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the same location.

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Protesters gather during the ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

Planning began in June after the funeral of George Floyd. Organizers said they wanted 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 — dubbed the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March on Washington — began with speeches from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which was followed by a coordinated march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park. To read more go to the link below:

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