Thousands Converge in DC for New March on Washington

Thousands gathered in the cool morning at Washington DC’s national mall hours ahead of a planned new ‘March on Washington’ that marks the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Expected to draw over 100,000 people, who will march from the national mall, past the Martin Luther King monument, to the Washington Monument, the historic event will trace the path of their forebears in the civil rights and black freedom struggle who gathered in 1963 to protest poverty, joblessness, racial discrimination, and inequality—challenges that persist in the present day.

The event was organized by over 40 organizations, including Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the American Federation of Teachers. Protesters will look to issues of poverty and joblessness, immigration justice, mass incarceration, the devaluation of black and brown lives, and the repeal of the Voting Rights Act.

A live twitter feed following the day’s events is available below.