WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of people rallied for racial justice in the nation’s capital on Saturday as part of the March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women.
The two rallies, which were organized separately but in close coordination, took place in different nearby parks before meeting up to march past the Department of Justice’s headquarters and onto the National Mall, where marchers heard from feminist activist Gloria Steinem, Muslim rights activist Linda Sarsour, and Philando Castile’s mother Valerie Castile.
Philando Castile’s death at the hands of a Minnesota police officer in July 2016, and the officer’s acquittal in June, served as the impetus for the March for Racial Justice, according to Maurice Cook, one of the organizers.
“I was feeling, of course, a very certain kind of way that black people can’t get justice in this country,” Cook told ThinkProgress in an interview. “And it’s been, of course, a very long time that we’ve been here waiting on it.”
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