March on Washington: Tens of Thousands Commemorate MLK and Continue the Fight Against Racism

People prepare march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tens of thousand gathered wearing masks in front of the Lincoln Memorial and the reflecting pool to hear speakers commemorate the March on Washington led by Rev. Martin Luther King on August 28, 1963. Speakers included Rev. Al Sharpton, BeBeWinans, Martin Luther King III, Yolanda Renee King, and Philonise Floyd, brother of the late George Floyd.

Media assembled at the White House asked President Trump for for his thoughts on the March in Washington, but he did not answer or acknowledge the march.

Instead, President Trump took the opportunity to pardon Alice Johnson, who had served prison time on drug charges and has become a criminal justice reform advocate.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan’s White House Report:

Alice Johnson holds a full pardon for a non-violent drug offense that President Donald Trump signed in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Demonstrators walk on Pennsylvania Avenue during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Terri Biley, of Los Angeles, stands at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)