March on Washington 2020 Live Blog: Thousands Gather in D.C. to End Police Brutality

Everything you need to know about the historic march.

Maria Perez, Nicole Rojas & Micah Schaffer
Aug 28, 2020 - 8:01

3:20 p.m. ET: And that’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who tuned in to The North Star‘s live coverage of the March on Washington 2020.

3:10 p.m. ET: Some final images and footage from the march sent by our team in D.C., including Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s motivating words.

Photo by Micah Schaffer, Social Media Manager at The North Star.

2:13 p.m. ET: “Everyone is chanting ‘I can’t breathe,’ as Eric Garner Jr. and Gwen Carr, Eric Garner’s mother, talks to the crowd,” reports Maria Elena. It has been more than six years since Eric Garner was choked to death by an NYPD officer.

2:02 p.m. ET: An amazing view of all the participants at today’s march.

People attend the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

1:42 p.m. ET: Event organizers are encouraging participants to register to vote, fill out the census and consider working as a poll worker this November. You can learn more information about registering to vote here and how to fill out the census here.

1:34 p.m. ET: Rev. Al Sharpton, one of today’s key speakers and founder of the National Action Network, is being praised for his speech. Sharpton is being called a “great communicator” and a speaker of truth by participants on Twitter.

1:33 p.m. ET: “If you’re looking for a savior, get up and look at a mirror.” Martin Luther King, III.

12:58 p.m. ET: Moving words from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s granddaughter Yolanda Renee Lee. Today’s March on Washington marks the 57th anniversary of MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

12:26 p.m. ET: “We are here today because Black Lives Matter.” – Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH).

12:16 p.m. ET: Are you at the march? Let us know in the comments or tweet at us using the hashtag #TNSMOW2020!

11:41 a.m. ET: There are a number of speakers today, including Aalayah Eastmond, a gun violence prevention activist and a survivor of the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School shooting.

11:23 a.m. ET: Important information for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing. #BlackDisabledLivesMatter

11:00 a.m. ET: Micah Schaffer reports that Kim Gardner, the chief elected prosecutor in St. Louis, called on march participants to fire President Donald Trump in November. Gardner has dealt with a barrage of criticisms from Trump and the right for filing felony charges against a white couple who pointed guns at peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters.

10:23 a.m. ET: A white man jumped into the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool yelling, “all lives matter,” reports Maria Elena.

A white man jumps into the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool yelling “all lives matter,” during the March on Washington 2020. (Photo by Maria Elena Perez for The North Star)

10:04 a.m. ET: Maria Elena says folks are dancing and singing along to the gospel song, “Oh Happy Day.” The song, recorded in 1967 by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, reached No. 4 on the U.S. Singles Chart. “Oh Happy Day” began as a hymn written in the mid-18th century by English clergyman Philip Doddridge and has made appearances in a number of movies, notably Whoopi Goldberg’s “Sister Act 2” and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

Video by Maria Elena Perez, Associate Editor of The North Star

9:56 a.m. ET: “Dr. King spoke about a dream but he also talked about a nightmare. This is a nightmare.” – Jumaane Williams, New York City Public Advocate

Video taken by Maria Elena Perez, Associate Editor of The North Star

9:49 a.m. ET: Funk musician George Clinton is speaking at the march, telling participants that the work for justice and equality does not end today or even on November 3 at the general elections.

9:40 a.m. ET: Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will be joining the march virtually at 11 a.m. Harris said she was born into an activist family that took her to marches for justice in the years after the original March on Washington. The California senator added that today’s march is a reminder that we “must honor the sacrifice of the leaders who made that march happen.”

9:28 a.m. ET: Associate editor Maria Elena Perez says marchers seem excited to be in D.C. to participate in the March on Washington. She also noted that participants seem to be taking COVID-19 health protections very seriously. National Action Network (NAN), which is hosting the march, is checking marchers’ temperatures and everyone is required to wear masks.

9:03 a.m. ET: Members of Justice for Black Lives spoke to Maria Elena and Micah about participating in today’s march.

8:37 a.m. ET: Singer Jenifer Lewis performed for marchers as the begin to congregate for the day’s events.

8:07 a.m. ET: Our team on the ground will be using #TNSMOW2020 on Twitter, be sure to check them out!

8:00 a.m. ET: Good morning! We’re reporting live from the March on Washington today. We have The North Star‘s Maria Elena Perez and Micah Schaffer on the scene in D.C. and Nicole Rojas reporting from New York. For those of you who can’t attend the march, be sure to come back for continuous coverage from our team. You can also watch the march through this live stream:

Original post: Thousands of people are expected in Washington D.C. on August 28 for a march on the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. This year’s march is dedicated to putting an end to police brutality.

The event, known as the “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” will take place at the Lincoln Memorial 57 years to the day of the 1963 march, where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” address. Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) announced the march back in June following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in May.

“George Floyd’s story is the story of black folks,” he said, according to Essence. “You kept your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck. It’s time for us in George’s name to stand up and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’”

Martin Luther King, III, who will be speaking before the march, said in a statement that the country finds itself in the “midst of the largest civil and human rights movement in history.” 

He continued: “Now is the time and this is the generation that can realize the dream my father spoke of 57 years ago. Black Americans are still bearing the same hardships my father worked to eradicate, and the only way we can hope to see the future he dreamt of is by continuing the peaceful and radical work he bagan years ago.” 

The March on Washington will include pre-programing, a 2-hour program, a march and conclusion event. Speakers will address the senseless killings of Black Americans at the hands of police, as well as criminal justice reform, voter protection and more. Event organizers are encouraging participants to register to vote, fill out the Census and consider becoming poll workers ahead of the march. 

Speakers will include the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, as well as attorney Benjamin Crump, Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III. 

Marchers will begin marching at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial and will make their way towards the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. A route map can be found here

The North Star will be providing live coverage of the march and its activities. Come back to read the latest from our Associate Editor Maria Elena Perez and Social Media Manager Micah Schaffer. 

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