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Protest marks the anniversary of the March on Washington

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/28/20, 05:22 pm

WASHINGTON—Thousands of civil rights activists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and around its reflecting pool on Friday. The Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network organized the protest to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. They called the event “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks”—a reference to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May after a police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.

Who spoke at the event? Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, pushed for voting rights legislation that would make it harder for states to change their regulations. An activist named Frank Nitty said he walked 750 miles in 24 days from Milwaukee to Washington to attend. King’s son, Martin Luther King III, said in a keynote address, “If you’re looking for a savior, get up and find a mirror.”

Dig deeper: Read Janie B. Cheaney’s analysis in Voices about how dogmatism and defensiveness undermine productive conversations about race.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 08/29/2020 12:58 am

    I wish I could somehow transport all of the protestors, all of those Americans who are convinced this Nation is a horrible place, all of the people who believe they are denied opportunity by the "rich" and our "corrupt" system, and all of those who are sure that minorities in America can't walk the streets without being assaulted:  

    transport them to some of the many places on earth where all of those conditions actually exist, and require them to live there, try to find employment, housing, food, just survive for a few months before we bring them back home. 

    Then sit them down and ask them,  "did you see, with your own eyes, what life is like in those places that actually are repressive and oppressive and poor?  Are you ready to live and work and dream here, at peace with your neighbors, solving the problems we have rather than screaming and throwing rocks in the streets?"

    And I would prescribe the same treatment for our bigots, our corrupt or self-serving politicians, our cops who have too much anger inside to be allowed to be cops.  

    But alas, I'm not the king...


  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 08/30/2020 11:54 pm

    Is this a protest? Here is Dan Bongino telling his experience at the Republican Convention:

    Is World going to report on this? Here is another video. Look down through the article and you will see the video.