Head of Advancing Justice | AAJC To Speak at 2020 Commitment March

“Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Occurs on 57th Anniversary of First March on Washington
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org

Washington, D.C. — Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC President and Executive Director, John C. Yang will be a speaker at the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March in solidarity for African Americans call for equity, an end to police brutality, and to honor the victims of police violence.  

The Commitment March occurs on the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and where America heard for the first time the “I Have A Dream” speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I am honored and humbled to speak in the aura of revered heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis,” said John C. Yang, president and executive director of Advancing Justice - AAJC. “Sixty-five years ago, Emmet Till was murdered on August 28 and it is not lost on me that six decades later, we are still fighting systemic racism and having to say Black Lives Matter.”

Yang is among a line-up of morning speakers who will address the crowd of marchers from the Lincoln Memorial, the same site of the first historic march. Featured speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, leaders of civil rights organizations, national and community activists, members of the clergy, and family members of those who have been injured or killed.

Yang is scheduled to speak around 10:30 am to discuss the need for Asian Americans to be in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to tell the crowd the two things they can do to advance justice in America and make our society more equitable for all.

To watch the Livestream of the Commitment March, click here.