UPDATED 3:20 PM PT – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Friday to protest racism and police brutality. The massive crowd amassed on the steps where the late Martin Luther King Jr. gave his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech.
The event, which was dubbed the “Commitment March,” happened exactly 57 years after King’s “March on Washington.”
The protest drew national attention, as the relatives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd gave remarks.
“My brother cannot be a voice today… we have to be that voice, we have to be the change”
George Floyd’s sister Bridget addresses crowds attending the Commitment March in Washington https://t.co/MJDENjCrkj pic.twitter.com/YsVDg6HVwY
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 28, 2020
One protester claimed she was marching for “Black America.”
“I am here today to march for my Black sons. There is no peace until justice arrives in this country. I tell them all the time that being a Black in America, that is what happens. Until policies change, that is going to happen again and again.” – Unnamed attendee
Black girls matter! @NationalAction #CommitmentMarch pic.twitter.com/zitln5gCBY
— Dr. Chris T Pernell (@DrChrisMD) August 28, 2020
Dozens of officers were on scene monitoring the peaceful protest. Law enforcement also assisted in the closure of streets and the Key Bridge.
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