“We can fix the racial divide,” says Dr. Al Sharpton, who has been the chief organizer of the march, “but first we need to change the way we think about race.
We need to rethink how we think of race.”
The NAACP and the National Action Network, a group of African-American civil rights activists, are leading a campaign called #BlackLivesMatter, which aims to draw attention to the plight of Black Americans.
“The problem is we have become a segregated nation, and that’s where we need help,” says Al Sharptons former wife, Opal Tometi.
“We have become so polarized that our society is no longer built on love and respect, and we’re going to end up like our African-Americans.”
The National Action network, which is headed by the Rev. Alveda King, has organized a national sit-in at the White House demanding President Donald Trump withdraw his recent executive order on immigration.
The order, signed on February 13, temporarily barred people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days, and it has also been blocked by a federal judge in Maryland.
Alton Sterling, an African- American man shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the first person to be arrested under the new order, but other arrests were made over the next few days, with some of the charges eventually dismissed.
The ACLU and the NAACP have joined in with the sit-ins at the Trump White House.
“What’s happening is we’re all in this together,” said Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), who also has been a participant in the sit in.
“This is not a one-off.
This is a national emergency, and this is what we’re talking about.”
On March 14, the NAACP held a rally at the Capitol to protest the executive order.
“I’ve been trying to stay positive, but my heart just breaks for all the families who are losing their loved ones to this,” said Moore.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is organizing a nationwide sit-down at the Supreme Court on March 29 to demand that the Court rule in favor of the ban on transgender people serving in the military.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund (NDF) Executive Director Nellie Farrar said in a statement: “The Trump administration’s discriminatory and unconstitutional actions will hurt every Black American, and their families.
This ban is a devastating blow to our country’s long history of progress and equality, and will be felt across the country.”
The NDF has also started a national day of action calling on Americans to stand up for equality and freedom of religion.
The NAACP will also hold a national march on March 30, to support the Muslim community and to demand an end to discrimination against them.
A vigil was held at the State Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 19, during which members of the Black Lives Matter movement marched with the Black Panthers and others.
Demonstrators, who wore masks and black armbands, chanted slogans and chanted: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.”
On April 5, President Donald J. Trump signed a controversial executive order barring federal funds from going to schools that discriminate against students based on their gender identity, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
The move has caused outrage across the nation and sparked a nationwide backlash, with a number of high-profile universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University and Oxford University, dropping support from their schools in the wake of the order.
In a statement on Facebook, Harvard President Drew Faust called the order “an assault on our students, our faculty and our society.”
The order was also blocked by the courts in Maryland, Virginia and Texas.
“It is unacceptable that a president would try to impose his personal agenda on a federal government that has protected us against oppression for generations,” Faust said in the statement.
“There is nothing more precious to us than our children and our families.”
President Donald T. Trump, who was born in Hawaii, announced his candidacy for the White “for America” on March 3.
He promised to make America great again, restore jobs, create millions of new jobs, and restore our military and national security.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.