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    Thousands of activists around the country, particularly in New York and Washington, DC, took to the streets to "take back" the day that honors civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

    The #ReclaimMLK marches, which started over the weekend, are efforts to reclaim the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, who activists believe would be appalled at police violence perpetrated on African-Americans, particularly in light of the recent deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, among others.

    In Washington, DC, marchers started from the White House and moved through the city while being watch by a heavy police presence. 

    Meanwhile, New York City streets were full of protesters.

    Many New York marchers have rallied at the United Nations building. United Nations human rights experts recently reviewed the United States on its racial justice record finding thatpeople of color face obstacles to the enjoyment of human rights leading to troubling disparities in income, wealth and safety. They have called the spate of deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police a human rights violation.

    Activists also rallied in St. Louis not far from where Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in what many call a violation of his rights.

    A rally also broke out in Oakland, California, where activists held a "die-in" in front of a theater after a showing of Selma.

    Protesters in Oakland also rallied at Fruitvale station where Oscar Grant was shot in the back while handcuffed and face down.

    Dozens are also marching in Cleveland where 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was holding a toy gun, was killed by police.

    As well as thousands in Philadelphia.

    And in Denver.

    And several hundreds have turned out in Boston.

    Many protesters in Boston participated in a die-in at the Boston Common, the city's largest park.


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