Speakers will begin to address the audience at 11 a.m. Friday, but the crowd is expected to begin gathering at the Lincoln Memorial and around the Reflecting Pool about 7 a.m.
Organizers said all attendees should enter the rally through a marked entrance on 17th Street NW.
A pre-rally show is also planned. After early criticism from D.C. activists that the demonstration excluded local residents who have lost family members to police violence, the speaker lineup indicates several D.C. residents will speak before the main event. Early speakers will include Howard University’s student government association president, D.C. clergy members, activists calling for D.C. statehood and the mother of Marqueese Alston, who was 22 when he was killed by D.C. police in 2018.
The event is being led by Sharpton’s National Action Network in partnership with the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Federation, unions, clergy members and civil rights groups, among others.
Speakers will include relatives of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and others killed by police. Anthony Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who represents many of them, will also address the crowd. Speakers also will include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, and singers George Clinton, Tyrese and Ne-Yo.
I would imagine with the shooting in Wisconsin, and the boycotts by both professional basketball and baseball, the March will help focus on the issue of racial equality. I sincerely wish I could be there. I am proud of the athletes making “good trouble” as John Lewis believed and preached.