Thousands of people from across the country converged on the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to recapture the spirit of the first March on Washington for racial justice, 60 years ago, during which Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” #MoW60, organized by Martin Luther King III, Al Sharpton, and other members of Martin Luther King Jr.’s family, featured five hours of high-profile speakers including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who spoke out against police killings of Black people, Republican-led efforts to chip away at voting rights, and bans on teaching in schools the country’s history of racism. Speakers and demonstrators alike called for action to protect the progress made and reclaim the liberties lost since the first March on Washington.
“I’m very concerned about the direction our country is going in,” Martin Luther King III said to the crowd. “Instead of moving forward, it feels as if we are moving backward.”
Staff photographer Evy Mages took the event in through her camera lens: