Black Lives Matter March on Washington

Tionni Reed, Staff Writer

The Black Lives Matter Protest outside the Capitol.

Black Lives Matter March on Washington was held on August 28th 2020 at Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Protesters gathered both in person and virtually to show support. A few familiar families marched with them such as Eric Garner’s, George Floyd’s, Breonna Taylor’s, and Martin Luther King Jr’s. Most of the families presented their own speeches to the crowd.
The march was formed with hopes of bringing awareness of systemic racism and also to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the original march led in 1963 where King famously delivered his “I have a Dream” speech. The demonstration was also sought to rally support for ratification of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, being supported by Congressional Black Caucus and House Democrats. The goal of the bill is to overhaul law enforcement training and conduct rules which minimize police misconduct and racial bias.
King’s oldest son and granddaughter were among many to present speeches, along with many other activists and congressmen.
“August 28th is a day to remember the triumphs and tragedies that have taken place in our historic struggle for racial justice.” It’s also interesting to see how even outside of protests, people have been taking to social media to help spread the message. Thousands of videos and photos are being posted and reposted thousands of times.
Ever since the footage of George Floyd’s death came to light in May, people have been putting more effort to obtain justice for him. Since police brutality victims such as Tamir Rice, Elijah McClain, and Breonna Taylor people have been helping forward the movement by participating in protests, donating as well as signing petitions.