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    Faith Leaders Protest Against Trump, Racism at MLK ‘Dream’ Speech Rally

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    Leaders from different faiths gathered in Washington, DC to promote racial justice on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Thousands of US religious leaders gathered in Washington, DC to protest racism and promote moral opposition to President Donald Trump on the anniversary of a historic speech delivered by civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

    "54 years laer after King's ‘I have a Dream’ speech, we came to protect, defend, and keep that dream alive," National Action Network leader Reverend Al Sharpton said in a Tweet posted after Monday’s rally.

    The march was dubbed the "One Thousand Ministers March for Justice," which brought religious leaders from different faiths together including Christians, Jews, and Muslims, according to the National Action Network website.

    Sharpton told ThinkProgress that although 1,000 were expected some 3,000 religious supporters registered for the event. Protesters gathered at the MLK memorial in Washington before marching to the US Justice Department.

    Trump has received backlash from the US public with his decision late Friday to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was found guilty of disobeying court rulings with respect to detaining Latinos suspected of being illegal immigrants. In addition to the pardon, Trump also delivered controversial remarks defending attacks at a White Supremacist rally that left one woman dead in Charlottesville.


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