1. Various of the Lincoln Memorial with Reverend Al. Sharpton leading crowd in a chant
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Brooke Moreland, Single Mom from Indianapolis:
"Inaction is a form of action. You have to exercise you citizenship."
3.Various of Brooke Moreland's children
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Alonzo Jones Goss, Demonstrator from Boston, Massachusetts:
"57 years ago, what was happening then, is still happening now til this day without reason. For example, I should say, people were marching then, ahead of my time, two, three of my lifetimes ago, people were marching to have difference in their community. To have a difference where they live. And to have difference in their live. And that is still happening today and to this day."
5.Wide shot of a woman sitting and shouting, "justice!"
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Brown, Demonstrator from Brooklyn, New York:
(Rode bike from Brooklyn) "We're going to actually ride our bikes to D.C. instead of taking of a, instead of hopping in a car; instead of hopping on a bus. This is what it's all about. You know, communities coming together."
7.Various of the crowd gathered at the National Mall
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Clayton Northcraft, Demonstrator from Maryland:
"I'm ready for justice to be served for our Black brothers and sisters, because we're tired of seeing them being murdered by cops. We need true criminal justice reform. But criminal justice reform is not just the only thing that we need. Education, the environment, healthcare, these are all racial justice issues."
Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates are denouncing police and vigilante violence against Black Americans at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Friday, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic, "I Have a Dream" address, a vision of racial equality that remains elusive for millions of Americans.
The event came on the heels of yet another shooting by a white police officer of a Black man — 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin— that sparked days of protests and violence that left two dead.
Activist Frank Nitty, who said he walked 750 miles for 24 days from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Washington for Friday's march, spoke to the audience about persistence in the fight for justice.
"I'm ready for justice to be served for our Black brothers and sisters, because we're tired of seeing them being murdered by cops," marcher Clayton Northcraft of Maryland says. He is the same age as Blake.
Early on, the march was shaping up to be the largest political gathering in Washington since the coronavirus pandemic began. Many attendees showed up wearing T-shirts bearing the image and words of the late Rep. John Lewis who, until his death last month, was the last living speaker at the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which went on to become one of the most famous political rallies in U.S. history, and one of the largest gatherings at the nation's capital with over 200,000 people advocating for social change.
In the slim shade near the Lincoln Memorial, 37-year-old Joseph Brown watched the speeches atop the bike he rode from Brooklyn, New York.
"This is what it's all about," he says. "Communities coming together."
Participants streaming in for the march late Friday morning stood in lines that stretched for several blocks, as organizers insisted on taking temperatures as part of coronavirus protocols. Organizers reminded attendees to practice social distancing and wear masks throughout the program.
Following the commemorative rally, participants will march to the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in West Potomac Park, next to the National Mall, and then disperse.
Turnout in Washington was expected to be lighter than initially intended due to city-imposed coronavirus pandemic restrictions that limit out-of-state visitors to the nation's capital. To that end, the National Action Network organized a handful of satellite march events in South Carolina, Florida and Nevada, among others.