Thousands of participants for the “New March on Washington” had already arrived at Washington DC’s National Mall in the early hours of Aug. 24, as the nation prepared to near the 50 year anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Speaking from the same steps where King delivered that speech, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and new civil rights’ leaders arrived in Washington to greet the crowds and speak about today’s ”unfinished business” and the same concerns that King addressed in 1963 - issues that included voting rights, race in America, jobs, justice, and freedom, according to USA Today.
Thousands had already arrived at the reflecting pool by the Lincoln Memorial preparing for today’s march to the Martin Luther King Memorial.
Jesse Jackson’s early morning remarks to the crowds included:
“too much war … too few jobs … keep dreaming.”
At least 100,000 are expected in Washington today for today’s march to memorialize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and to keep the dream alive.