Thousands gather Friday on the National Mall in Washington for the March on Washington commemoration.
READ MORE: Thousands of people gathered Friday in Washington for a march billed as a demand for an end to police brutality and a push for criminal justice reform.
The “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks March” at the Lincoln Memorial was organized by Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and others after George Floyd, an African American man, died while in the custody of a white policeman in Minneapolis. The officer had pinned his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck as he cried repeatedly that he could not breathe.
The march coincides with the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom during which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
The march follows months of demonstrations since Floyd’s death in which protesters across the United States have accused police of unjustified violence against Black people.