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The March on Washungton 2013

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The News in Ten presents the 2013 March ov Washington orgahised by tne National ACtion Network and led by The Rev Dr Al Shapton.

The tens of thousands of people who converged in front of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday morning were commemorating a different speech—King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington the same year—but the theme for the five-hour-long “Realize the Dream” rally and march was largely the unfinished business of the civil rights movement. The event was organized by the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

In the most striking evocation of that sentiment, the family of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teenager shot in the head in Mississippi in 1955 after he was accused of flirting with a white woman , spoke in the closing minutes of the rally, urging attendees to march for justice. Immediately after, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was gunned down, took the podium.

“Trayvon Martin was my son, but he’s not just my son,” said Sybrina Fulton. “He’s all of our sons, and we have to fight for him.”