Thousands gather for March on Washington’s 60th anniversary

by | Aug 26, 2023 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Thousands of demonstrators assembled near the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday (Aug 26) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, celebrating the historic civil rights gathering led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., while updating his message to modern concerns and frustrations with conservative politicians.In his address to a sprawling crowd, the Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, framed the country’s current political contest as a battle between “dreamers” and “schemers.”
“Sixty years ago, Martin Luther King talked about a dream,” said Sharpton, referring to King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered from the same spot in 1963. “Sixty years later, we’re the dreamers — the problem is we’re facing the schemers.”
Sharpton explained “dreamers” were those in the crowd and elsewhere who resist various forms of hatred and advocate for causes such as voting rights, women’s rights, abortion rights and LGBTQ equality. The “schemers,” meanwhile, are their political opponents — including former President Donald Trump, who was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia this week on charges of trying to overturn the 2020 election results the state.
“The dreamers are in Washington, D.C.,” Sharpton said. “The schemers are being booked in Atlanta, Georgia in the Fulton County Jail.”
As in 1963 …

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