Martin Luther King, Jr. waves from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington.
Photo: FILE
Photo: FILE

Travel with Atlanta faith leaders to March on Washington anniversary

Fifty-four years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on the Mall in Washington, D.C., religious leaders from various denominations will march to honor his spirit and legacy.

National Action Network’s “1,000 Ministers March for Justice” takes place Monday, the anniversary of the March on Washington. The Rev. Al Sharpton, NAN founder and president, will lead the march of faith leaders to “reaffirm their commitment to the social justice movement,” according to a press release. 

“Clergy will hold the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable in the wake of an increase in hate crimes, mass incarceration and discrimination,” the statement said. “...religious communities will not stand by idly as rights are stripped from people in their congregations including voting rights, health care, economic opportunity, criminal justice rights and more.”

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Pastor Sabrina McKenzie, of Stone Mountain, will travel to the district to walk the 1.5 miles from King’s memorial to the Department of Justice. There is “no greater moment in our history than now” to speak out about growing mass incarceration, violence and voter suppression in America, McKenzie said in a statement.

“We are not free in the way Dr. King spoke about and died for — freedom does not ring for far too many Americans,” McKenzie said. “We are not free at last.” 

McKenzie partnered with Impact Network to sponsor a free round trip bus ride from Atlanta to Washington for march participants. That bus is full, but a second bus is available for $85 round trip. Tickets can be purchased here; anyone can book a seat.

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Buses will be ready for boarding at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Civic Center MARTA Station, 435 W. Peachtree St. N.W. The buses will depart at 7 p.m., and arrive in Washington at 7 a.m.

Boarding for the return trip starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. S.W. The buses will then depart at 7 p.m., arriving in Atlanta at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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