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“Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Rally Held on 57th Anniverary of March on Washington

HeadlineAug 31, 2020

Tens of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., Friday on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington. The “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” rally was organized to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Speakers included Jacob Blake Sr., whose son was shot seven times in the back last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Jacob Blake Sr.: “We’re going to hold court today. We’re going to hold court on systematic racism. We’re going to have court right now. Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Racism against all of us. Guilty! Guilty! Racism against Trayvon Martin. We find them guilty! Racism against George Floyd. We find them guilty!”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s 12-year-old granddaughter Yolanda Renee King also spoke.

Yolanda Renee King: “Less than a year before he was assassinated, my grandfather predicted this very moment. He said that we were moving into a new phase of the struggle. The first phase was the civil rights, and the new phase is genuine equality!”

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