Why Today’s Black Youth March on Washington

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Black youth activists across the country have had a busy summer — protesting the George Zimmerman verdict, helping ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote, and fighting against policies like stop and frisk and Stand Your Ground. As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, young black activists gathered at the Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, not only to commemorate the past, but to strategize about how to create a better future. In this short video filmed at the Black Youth Vote! pre-march rally and the Realize the Dream March on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, black youth explain what brought them to nation’s capital and why their voices matter in the 21st-century struggle for civil rights.

Producer: Reniqua Allen. Camera: Neil Barrett, Kelsei Wharton. Editor: Hannah Gregg.

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  • shane

    Yet they all go vote for Obama because of the color of his skin , too bad they don’t even realize that they are being sold up the river by the party that they love ! Black unemployment all time high , black youth unemployment all time high . This is not a coincidence , It is a direct result of the policies instituted by your black president . So keep voting by color of skin and not content of character !

    While the black community is for sure being opressed too bad they go out and vote for their opresser’s like its a religion . Obama recieved 99% of african american votes in both elections lol , when all he has done is push them further into poverty . It is sad to see how clueless they are about their own situation !