Jacob Blake, Washington, Stephanie Lion discussed on Weekend Edition Saturday

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To Washington, D. C is on display this week Thursday, President Trump that the White House with flags and fireworks. Accept his party's nomination for another four years. Friday, thousands of marchers gathered on the National Mall from one of the largest demonstration since the beginning of the pandemic to get off your get your knee off our next march happened. On the same date. August 28th is 1960 three's March on Washington When Martin Luther King Jr proclaimed, I have a dream. This year. Activist called for getting out the vote This November. NPR's Juana Summers was that witnessed the march and spoke to participants and joins us now. Wanna Thanks for being with us. Hey there. Good morning. What did you see? Yes, sir. There were thousands of protesters who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to call for racial justice and overhaul of countries Criminal justice system. This was a really big crowd and also a really diverse crowd. And there are a number of speakers, including union leaders, politicians, civil rights leaders, but they also heard some powerful words from a number of family members of black people. Who had been hurt or killed in cases that have caught public attention, And we should know that this event had been coming together for some months now, But many people that I spoke to you did mention Jacob Blake, another name in the list of names that they say is just far too long. We've seen activism in the streets all around the country this summer and violence in a few cities and their guests was a lot of talk about what this all may mean. Come November. What was the sense that the march yesterday which was peaceful? Yes, There's something striking to me was the urgency that I heard from people around voting as I was actually walking around. There were volunteers. It seemed like every corner actually registering people to vote. I want introduce you to one person I met. Her name is Stephanie Lion. And when the 1963 march happened, she was only 11 years old and her mom told her she was too young to go so she couldn't go and felt like she had to be there. The other thing that she was very insistent about was how she planned to vote. I think that mail and voting give me some apprehension and doing fell. But standing in line shows that I'm really gonna support the voting process, and I think that it's going to be playing legal and straight forward, and this topic kept coming up. We also talked with Kai Marshall, who lives in Jacksonville, about it. Early voting opens in Florida..

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