UPDATED 5:36 PM PT – Saturday, August 28, 2021
Thousands have gathered in our nation’s Capitol to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. On Saturday, demonstrators marched on Washington D.C. to promote voting rights and reflect on the progress made since the Civil Rights Movement.
Several high profile Democrats attended the event, including Reverend Al Sharpton and members of the King family.
“Many of you might remember Dr. King talked about the beloved community. This idea that we can have a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of our fellow human beings,” expressed Andrea Waters King. “I know sometimes it feels like we’re far from that dream, but I want you to look around right now. You are the spark of the beloved community and right now at this very moment thousands and thousands of people are marching with you in a hundred cities across this nation.”
58 years ago, over 250K people traveled to D.C. for the #MarchOnWashington. The March had specific demands: an end to segregation, strong civil rights laws, protection from police brutality, an increased minimum wage, and self-government for D.C.
Today, we take up the torch. pic.twitter.com/3JuTvA7iOS
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) August 28, 2021
The 1963 March on Washington is hailed as a monumental event during the Civil Rights Movement, with historians crediting it as highly influential in passing the Civil Rights Act less than one year later. Today’s march comes as Democrats and Republicans are battling fiercely over how to strengthen our nations election systems.