Two generations of Kings spoke at the Lincoln Memorial Friday as allotment of the March on Washington that honored the 57th anniversary of MLK’s “I Bear a Dream” speech.
The enormous image: Dusky folk are reeling after a summer season that opened with the police killing of George Floyd and is closing with the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake, who changed into stupefied and frolicked handcuffed to a health center mattress after being shot seven times within the reduction.
Rev. Al Sharpton coordinated the occasion after Floyd’s death alongside Martin Luther King III and the Nationwide Action Network, called the “Commitment March: Salvage Your Knee Off Our Necks.”
- The group expected tens of hundreds of attendees, but many teams from some distance-away states canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What they’re announcing:
- Jacob Blake’s sister said, “Dusky The US: I take care of you to blame. You may per chance possibly possibly per chance merely desire to stand. You may per chance possibly possibly per chance merely desire to combat. But no longer with violence and chaos, with self love.”
- Blake’s father Jacob Blake Sr. spoke on the taking pictures of his son: “We’re gonna take care of court on systemic racism … And we’re no longer taking it anymore. I ask everyone to stand up. No justice, no peace!”
- Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said: “I’m marching for George, for Breonna, for Ahmaud, for Jacob, for Pamela Turner, for Michael Brown, Trayvon and any one else who misplaced their lives.”
- Breonna’s Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer also spoke to the group, which responded by chanting her daughter’s name. Taylor changed into killed by Louisville law enforcement officials on a no-knock warrant in March. No one has been charged in her death.
- Sharpton: “We are going to focus on in opposition to the looting, but when will you focus on in opposition to homely police taking pictures?”
Between the traces: On a D.C. summer season Friday with a high of 92 levels, volunteers have been taking temperatures at the doorway, and media experiences indicated masks have been the norm amongst the group.
The final analysis: King’s granddaughter Yolanda Renee King, 12, instructed a crowd of hundreds that they “are the enormous dreams of our grandparents. … we can fulfill my grandfather’s dream.”
- His son Martin Luther King III, 62, said that “we must forever always keep in mind the American nightmare. … We tranquil combat for justice, demilitarizing the police, dismantling mass incarceration.”