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American’s Proud to Reclaim Dr. Kings Dream


Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network and long-time civil rights leader, stood at the podium at Dunbar High School in Washington on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Dunbar High School is the first public high school in the U.S. that allowed African-Americans to attend doing integration.   

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C. "Reclaim the Dream" Rally

“When we announced this gathering, they said to me , why go to a school,” said Sharpton? ” We must close the education gap.”   

Dunbar High School students and Howard University students stood at the rally cheering on Sharpton and chanting for justice and peace. These students were thinking about past history and future history when they planned to attend the “Reclaim the Dream” march and rally.   

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: Howard University

Corine Jackman, 19, sophomore of Howard University, thought participating in the march represented history and would leave an impact in Washington.   

 “I am proud I was able to wake up out of my bed today and take part in history,” Jackman said.   

Jackman says we have to look back to know how to move forward for the future.   

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: Vince Gray at Dunbar High School for the "Reclaim the Dream" Rally

 The students of Washington were not alone.   

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: Tom Joyner at Dunbar High School, Washington, DC for "Reclaim the Dream" Rally

 

Speakers like Tom Joyner, Mayor Fenty and running mate Vince Gray, and presidents of well-known organizations were some of the few that spoke to remind residents of the D.M.V., out-of-towners, and students why the march was important.   

Washington residents were just as proud to see so many people of different races come together to represent change and a dream spoken over 47 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr.

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: Washington, D.C.

 Chris Bennett, broadcast designer and resident of NW Washington, was one of the residents.   

“I am so excited,”  said Bennett. “I am happy to see so many people celebrating and remembering the dream.”    

The march ended at the location of where Martin Luther King, Jr.’s mounment is being built.   

Photographer: Jarondakie Patrick Location: SW Washington, D.C.

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August 31, 2010 - Posted by | Life In DC, Politics

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