On August 28th, thousands of people marched to the National Mall in Washington, DC. Yes, it was the fifty-seventh anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, but the Commitment March was much more than a commemorative event. While it was supposed to be a virtual march, thousands of people showed up in person with masks on and a message to share: change needed to happen. Speaker after speaker emphasized the power of voting and the need to continue King’s dream of fighting for racial equality and justice. One of the youngest speakers of the march, King’s twelve-year-old granddaughter Yolanda Renee King, stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial where her grandfather stood fifty-seven years ago and said that her generation “will be the generation that moves from ‘me’ to ‘we’” and that they’ll be the ones to rid the country of racism, protect the planet, and end hunger and poverty.
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