Photo by Rachel Aretakis
Photo by Rachel Aretakis

Thousands were converging on the nation’s capital Friday to march for law enforcement reform and voting rights as America reels from police killings of Black people this year that fueled protests across the country.

Excited demonstrators started lining up as early as 5 a.m. ET and soon a dense line weaved from the entrance down Constitution Avenue, almost reaching the Lincoln Memorial where speeches were beginning to take place midday Friday.

At about 1 p.m., participants were planning to march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

Many of those in the crowd donned T-shirts with the faces of John Lewis and George Floyd on them. Speakers at the Lincoln Memorial steps were calling for justice and saying the names of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Floyd and other Black victims of violence.

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