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This is weekend edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon to Washington, D. C is on display this week Thursday, President Trump that the White House with flags and fireworks to 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, Activists 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, An overhaul of countries criminal justice system. This was a really big crowd and also a really diverse crowd. 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 have been hurt or killed in cases that have caught public attention. And we should note 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 on a 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 it every corner actually registering people to vote. I want to reduce 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. And the other thing that she was very insistent about was how she planned to vote. I think that mail and voting give me some space. Apprehension and doing so, but standing in line shows that I'm really gonna support the voting process and I think that it's going to be clean, legal and straight forward. In this topic kept coming up. We also talked with Kaya Marshall, who lives in Jacksonville about it so as soon as early voting for early voting opens in Florida. That's.

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