Other family members represented during their march in Washington
2.30. ET: According to the gospel legend, BeBe Winans sang his single "Black Lives Matter". Botham Jean's sister Alisa Findley spoke about the two-year anniversary of her brother's death this coming September and eventually received justice. Jean was killed by Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who shot him dead when she entered the wrong house.
Next came Wanda Jones Cooper, the mother of Amaud Arbery, who said, “God chose my son to be part of this huge movement. I believe if we keep standing together and fighting we will get changes. Unfortunately, when we have these kind of tragic events far too often, but I would like each of you, please, not to forget your names. Please let their names live forever. "
Lee Merritt, attorney who advocated many of these families, also spoke in March. “You can't say black lives matter if you don't believe in black power,” said Merritt, who also gave a brief history lesson, saying, “Abraham Lincoln didn't free the slaves, we free ourselves when we are for ourselves fight yourself. "
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, came to deliver a message: “Despite everything we go through, be strong, be encouraged, and don't stop saying Black Lives Matter and peaceful protest. Stick together. We were built for it. "Then she quoted her favorite verse in the Bible, Proverbs 3: 5-6:" Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own understanding; submit to him in all your ways, and he will straighten your ways. Trust in the Lord. "
Eric Garner Jr., the son of Eric Garner, urged young people to go out and vote, and spoke about the possibility of making change.
Oscar Grant's mother Rhonda Johnson spoke about how "this race is not given to the quick or the strong, but to those who endure".
Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, reminded the crowd that "the people are in power and we will appear on November 3rd to take our country back".
In the end, there were just too many names of blacks killed, police brutality or vigilante justice, to allow everyone to speak. Instead, their names were read aloud as the crowd dispersed and marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The following names have been mentioned: Stephon Clarke, Michael Brown, Sylville K. Smith, Terence Crutcher, David Jones, Antwon Rose Jr., Montez Hambric, Emmanuel Lee, Tamir Rice, Nyles Arrington, Pamela Turner, Tony Robnson and many more.
BeBe Winans brings today with the original song & # 39; Black Lives Matter & # 39; the March on the Washington Crowd
2:35 p.m. ET: Gospel superstar BeBe Winans rejoined dozens of activists on stage in Washington during the Commitment March on Friday 2020 and re-introduced his original song, Black Lives Matter.
Winans wore a black coat and black gloves on a warm Washington DC day to symbolize solidarity with blacks frustrated by police violence. He was among a group of thousands who wanted social justice.
Winans was released in July and said he wrote the song after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man who died in police custody in 2015.
Families of those killed speak during the march in Washington
1:36 p.m. ET: Following the keynote address by Rev. Al Sharpton, several families of those directly affected by the police brutality spoke to the crowd and shared their pain and grief.
First was Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, the EMT worker who was shot dead in her home. The police officers who killed her have yet to be charged since she was killed in March. The cries for action against them continue to be pushed.
"What we need is change, and we're at a point where we can make that change, but we have to stand together and vote," said Palmer after thanking the crowd.
Standing up, she smiled and listened to thousands of people saying "Breonna Taylor … say her name!" especially at a time when so many people forget that Taylor's killer still remains uncharged.
Palmer was replaced on stage by Philoneos and Brittany Floyd, George Floyd's siblings, who were there today to speak of their own heartache and loss. Her brother died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while he was arrested.
Philoneos Floyd was overwhelmed with emotion when he heard the crowd shout his brother's name. He struggled to speak but could say, "I wish George were here to see this now. I want you to know." That's why I march. "
“Changes are taking place right now because we are demanding them. Everyone here made a commitment because they weren't here for any other reason right now, ”said Brittany Floyd. She also asked the crowd, “How will the history books remember you? What will your legacy be? "She pleaded with people to continue eradicating hatred in the world, just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did 57 years ago.
Both of Floyd's siblings shared that their pain was rekindled by recent news of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back on August 23 while he was being shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin stopped. Blake's father and sister were also ready to speak to the crowd on the march.
Letetra Widman, Blake's sister, also spoke about where she pushed black men and women together in the fight against racism and hatred. She was joined by Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr., who spoke about meeting Rev. Al Sharpton when he was just 7 years old. Little did he know that under the circumstances he would see Sharpton again. Blake Sr. mentioned that there are two systems of justice in the United States: one for blacks and one for whites.
"Guilty Guilty Guilty, Racism Against Us All!" yelled Blake Sr.
President Barack Obama makes March Anniversary Statement in Washington
1:18 p.m. ET: President Obama delivers a poignant message on the 57th anniversary of the march in Washington. Read his powerful message below.
Martin Luther King III. Call his father and call for further fight
1:05 p.m. ET: Martin Luther King III. Delivered a powerful message on the 57th Anniversary March in Washington calling for the right to vote and calling for an end to the police killing of unarmed blacks, while naming the names of some victims and calling for justice for them.
“Today we commemorate the 1963 March on Washington for Work and Freedom, when my father declared his dream. Now, 57 years later, we must march to the ballot boxes and mailboxes to defend the freedoms that previous generations have worked so hard to win for, ”said King just minutes after following his daughter Yolanda on the podium who had also spoken.
"There is a knee on the neck of democracy and our nation can only live so long without the oxygen of freedom," continued King. “Our strength must be exercised through more than rhetoric and more than marching. The simple challenge ahead of us is that anyone who can cast a ballot must cast a ballot. And every voting slip cast must be counted. And the results have to be transparent and known to us and the world.
King also remembered his father, who led the original 1963 March in Washington delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech about the steps he stood on and other figures in civil rights history.
"My father, John Lewis, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, and many other heroes imagined an America whose democratic practice is as good as its promise," said King, whose father was killed in 1968 when he was just 10 years old. "An America where the triple evils of racism, poverty and violence are replaced by peace, justice and common abundance."
MLK's granddaughter caused a stir in Washington in March
12:40 p.m. ET: In a forceful speech, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s only granddaughter gathered the crowd at the Commitment March 2020 on Friday, Aug. 28.
Yolanda Renee King, whose father is Martin Luther King III, urged her generation to get involved in the fight for civil rights.
“Big challenges make great leaders,” said Yolanda, 12. “We've mastered the selfie and tik tok, now we have to master ourselves.
"Less than a year before he was assisted, my grandfather predicted that exact moment," she continued. “He said we were entering a new phase of the movement. The first phase was civil rights. The second phase is real equality. "
Massachusetts Rep. Ayana Pressley recalls those who came before
12:25 p.m. ET: Rep. Ayanna Pressley, speaking at the March 2020 Commitment, asked attendees to remember those in history who were unsung heroes.
"Today I think of the ancestors, not just those in the history books, but those left out of these pages," said the Massachusetts congressman. “The justice seekers, the freedom riders, the organizers, the community farmers, every loved one who packed a brown lunch box, led a freedom song, risked their lives and livelihoods, patted an elbow and sent a prayer.
11:20 am: The number of people in Washington D.C.'s National Mall and gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial, growing as Commitment begins in March 2020. Black Lives Matter movement spokesmen and other activists begin to take the microphone off various movements.
According to CBS News, among the expected speakers will be: Tylik McMillian, Youth Coordinator, National Action Network; Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League; Yolanda King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King; George Floyd Family Attorney Benjamin Crump; Rep. Karen Bass; Martin Luther King III; Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of Floyd, Eric Garner, Jacob Blake, and Breonna Taylor.
Senator Kamala Harris will announce her participation in Washington in March
10:05 am: As the people of Washington DC gather in Washington for the 2020 Commitment March, several political leaders are expected to join, including Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris.
The California Senator announced on Twitter that she would be joining Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the original 1963 March in Washington. She will reportedly attend the event virtually.
"This moment is a reminder that we must always honor the sacrifice of the leaders who made this march possible," said Harris. “From the names we know, like Randolph and Farmer, Young and King. To everyone who worked behind the scenes and who quietly but deeply sacrificed, far from the lights of history.
The event is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. on the National Mall of Washington D.C. kick off. Thousands are expected to arrive from many parts of the country to attend.
On the 57th anniversary of the March in Washington, let us continue to march for justice on behalf of our ancestors and on behalf of our children and grandchildren. pic.twitter.com/BlP5oCEbxW
– Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 28, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020:
Join BET.com for live coverage of the National Action Network's (NAN) engagement in March: "Take Your Knee Off Your Neck," which was celebrated 57 years ago on the same day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his historic event "I have a dream speech" during the March in Washington. This event was a culmination of years of activism that ultimately led to federal government laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The Lincoln Memorial will serve as the backdrop, as it did then, for a thundering call to action to which the Reverend Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Attorney Benjamin Crump, the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, and a number of speakers from organizations for social justice, religious groups and people personally affected by police brutality and misconduct.
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