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Muslims to join March on Washington 50th-anniversary event

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations and other Muslims groups will be joining the March on Washington 50th-anniversary event on Wednesday morning.

CAIR, America's largest Muslim advocacy group, will be joined by the D.C. Muslim Caucus, Islamic Relief USA and the Muslim American Citizens Coalition and Public Affairs Council, a press release obtained by The Washington Times said.

"Islamophobia ... is just the latest manifestation of the same intolerance faced by Dr. King and other civil rights leaders of his time," CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement. "Like other forms of intolerance, Islamophobia is a threat to our nation's values and to the social tapestry that continues to draw people to our shores from every nation on earth."

Protesters are told to meet at Georgetown University Law Center at 8 a.m. and look for signs reading "Muslims for Jobs & Justice," "Muslims for the March" and "Muslim Support for 1965 Voting Rights Act."

"After 50 years, the Civil Rights Movement is at a crucial juncture," Mr. Awad added. "American Muslims are now part of that movement and we stand ready to do our part in the never-ending struggle for justice undertaken by Dr. King and men and women like him throughout our nation's history. As long as the politics of fear and division is alive and well, the struggle must continue."

At the rally, marchers will hear President Obama commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter also will address the rally.

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