Thousands Gather At “March On For Voting Rights” Rally

 "March On for Voting Rights" in the nation's capital on Saturday.
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Some 58 years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at the first March on Washington, his son, Martin Luther King III, and other activists and advocates participated in the "March On for Voting Rights" in the nation's capital on Saturday.

The subsequent rally in D.C. and other cities across the U.S. called on the federal government to protect and expand voting rights. People gathered for the Washington march early Saturday, and a rally ran until the afternoon. An estimated 50,000 people attended, CBS Washington, D.C., affiliate WUSA reports.

At the first March on Washington in 1963, an estimated 250,000 people gathered to demand civil rights. This year, the march – organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and 180 partner organizations – in part calls on the Senate to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021.

"We will not stop until we protect our right to vote," Sharpton said Saturday.

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