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1,000 faith-leaders protest for justice at 'Ministers March' in D.C.

Faith leaders march for justice in Ministers March in Washington, D.C. Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 (Brad Bell/ABC7) 

One-thousand faith leaders from across the United States gathered to protest for at the "Ministers March for Justice" on Monday in Washington, D.C.

The ministers are marching from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the Department of Justice.

Fifty-four years ago, Martin Luther King led the March on Washington for jobs and freedom.

On Monday, his oldest son led the march for justice down Pennsylvania Avenue.

"This is a moral crusade, my father talked about a revolution of values which meant every human being would be treated with dignity and worth," said King III.

According to a release from the National Action Network, ministers including National Action Network President Rev. Al Sharpton are participating in the march to reinforce their commitment to the social justice movement and to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions accountable for a recent rise in hate crimes and discrimination.

Earlier some 3000 faith leaders gathered near the Martin Luther King Memorial to cry out. Several in attendance told ABC7 News they hope their presence sends a message.

"Racism is not accepted that we are one people," said Rev. Michael Cokes Milwa.

"As a white person, I think it's so vital to be here in solidarity with those who are being victimized continually and downgraded in this social moment," said Fred Scheroinder Dobb.

A now 75-year-old Jesse Jackson talked of marching as a young man in 1963 and how recent events have forced him once again onto the streets.

"We want to contrast the inclusiveness of John Kennedy in 1963 and the exclusiveness of Trump in 2017. This is a counter-cultural revolution and we must as a people as a nation must resist," said Jackson.


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