The March for Jobs and Justice was organized with a broad coalition - including labor unions, churches and the peace movement - by the Rev. Al Sharpton's' National Action Network to call attention to the nation's unemployment crisis, to support President Obama's jobs bill and a variety of interests, including support for statehood for Washington, D.C. Speakers include Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and radio personality Tom Joyner. The march originally was scheduled for Aug. 27, the day before the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was to be dedicated on the National Mall, but the advance of Hurricane Irene, which pelted the eastern seaboard that weekend, forced organizers to postpone the events. Saturday's activities begin with an 11 a.m. rally at the National Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument, at 15th Street and Independence Avenue NW, followed by by the march to the King memorial at 1 p.m.
Demonstrators hold signs under the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during a rally and march of thousands in Washington Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. Civic leaders, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, rallied for easier access to jobs. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Originally published October 15, 2011
Thousands descended upon Washington, D.C. Saturday to demand jobs, full voting representation for the District of Columbia and an end to partisan bickering on Capitol Hill to kick off The Martin Luther King Jr. March for Jobs and Justice.