Westchester residents, Legislator Colin Smith attend March on Washington

Tens of thousands of people are marching on the nation's capital Friday to call for racial justice and police reform.

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2020, 8:06 PM

Updated 1,364 days ago

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More than a dozen Westchester residents were supporting the March on Washington, including County Legislator Colin Smith.
Smith tells News 12 he attended the march to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests and to stand against systematic racism in the nation.
"As an African American, I have been deeply affected by the events over the last few months,” says Smith. “It’s important to come down here today and give voice to our concerns."
He and about a dozen Westchester residents referring to themselves as ‘Westchester Rides 4 Freedom’ traveled five hours to gather at the Lincoln Memorial.
It comes 57 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. The march was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and the NAACP. 
The families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and Jacob Blake were in attendance. 
Legislator Smith says he’s also focused on bridging the gap between economic and educational inequalities that happen in Black and brown communities.
He sees the march as a way to bring attention to racial societal ills and to find a way as a society to move forward.
“We know the circumstances that bring us here are horrific, but people are excited and energized by the fact that we see so many different people all walks of life,” says Smith.


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