Black People : MLK, Malcolm X and Kwame Nkrumah’s daughters discuss racial justice

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MLK, Malcolm X and Kwame Nkrumah’s daughters discuss racial justice

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As protests demanding equality and justice for black people continue to shape global conversation, the historic struggles against racism and colonialism illuminate the present as much as the past.

Dr Bernice King (daughter of Martin Luther King), Professor Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X) and Samia Nkrumah (daughter of Kwame Nkrumah) are all children of iconic figures who have played key roles in these struggles, and they are keeping their parents’ legacies alive.

So what is their response to recent racial protests in America and the unprecedented solidarity from demonstrators around the world?

And what future does this global movement shape for all of us? The BBC’s Nancy Kacungira speaks to all three women.

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March on Washington: Protesters reflect on the significance of the march this year

Thousands of protesters are expected to gather in the US capital on Friday to commemorate the historic 1963 civil rights March on Washington.

The protest, marking the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech, was organised earlier this year in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.

The BBC spoke to some of those planning to attend about why it was important to them, and what - if anything - has changed for black people in America since 1963.

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After a summer of tension, unrest, and protests over police brutality against African Americans in the US, some 50,000 demonstrators gathered in Washington to demand racial justice.

Formally called the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks - a reference to George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in May after a policeman knelt on his neck for several minutes - speakers urged attendees to vote for change.

The 2020 March fell on the 57th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, an iconic event in American history, credited with spurring the passage of the Civil Rights Act outlawing segregation the following year.

The event was organised by civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton and the eldest son of Martin Luther King Jr, Martin Luther King III

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