While thousands flocked to the National Mall Wednesday to remember the past, some used the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington to talk about the future — specifically the U.S.’s involvement in Syria.
“It’s what Martin Luther King would be talking about if he was here today,” said Leah Brown, a D.C. resident and member of Code Pink, a grassroots women’s peace organization.
While King is perhaps best remembered for his push for equal civil rights, Code Pink focused on his anti-war philosophy, holding signs that read “Peace in Syria” and “Obama thinks he’s king but he’s no MLK.”
“It’s important to remind people when we honor Martin Luther King, we have to understand he upheld the position that the U.S was the ‘greatest purveyor of violence in the world,’” said Noor Mir, a member of Code Pink. “Not much has changed today.”
Miss Mir called for more diplomacy and urgent peace talks.