Americans March for Jobs and Justice

Organized by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the rally seeks to address unemployment and unlivable wages, among other job concerns.

Posted: 10/15/2011 09:06 AM EDT

Thousands of people turned out for Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network March and Rally for Jobs and Justice Saturday morning, in the shadow of the Washington Monument.

 

Sharpton and other leaders hope to bring attention to the civil and labor rights of the 21st century during the dedication weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

 

“We are living in, perhaps, one of the most unpredictable and capricious times in our nation's history and, while people of color and the traditionally marginalized are making enormous strides, with access to places never even imaginable before, the working class and poor are still under attack in extraordinary and systematic ways,” the reverend said before the march.

 

The NAN march is being co-hosted by radio personality Tom Joyner and a host of leaders, including Martin Luther King III, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

 

Stay tuned to BET.com for on-the-ground coverage from the march.

 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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