WASHINGTON DC - Thousands gathered at the Washington Mall Saturday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and the historical 1963 March on Washington. Speakers at the Mall included U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rev. Al Sharpton, the event organizer.
At the podium and in the crowd, participants took on a wide variety of civil rights-related issues — jobs, immigration reform, environmental justice and the civil rights of workers, voters, women and gays. T-shirts with depictions of Martin Luther King Jr and slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin were popular among attendees.
The rally culminated in a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network organized Saturday’s march. Mr. Sharpton’s address, calling for a “new America,” drew the most enthusiastic response of the day.
“We see a new America. We see an America of equality, of justice, of fairness,” he said. “We march because we’re gonna bring a new America. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice — not for some, not for who you choose, not for who you like, but for all.”