Reclaim the Dream rally finished, heat causes medical attention

A number of Reclaim the Dream attendees were taken away on stretchers due to heat exhaustion. Two stretchers rolled in to tend to one woman and one man that had collapsed from the heat during Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech.

– Dan Merica

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Scenes from the Reclaim the Dream march

The crowd’s cheers and chants grew louder as the marchers turned off 6th Street and onto Constitution Avenue. Passing the National Archives, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of American History, the Washington Monument came into sight.

Here are scenes along the way.

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-Rachel Boehm

Colonial reenactor tells reasons for rally

Living history actor Larry Maswell dressed in colonial attire to help promote freedom at Saturday’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial.

To address the importance for freedom, he said the government needs to revert back to its original principles and lessen government power.

“The real principles of freedom in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution have definitely changed,” said Maswell, who has a Ph.D. “We have three branches of government, but they’re not three equal branches.”

The expansion of the government, law-passing power of justices and increased spending and taxation are issues that have ignited symbolic tea parties to remind people of their liberties, Maswell said.

Most people didn’t know what flag he was carrying, Maswell said. He added that most Americans aren’t taught the history behind the flags and need to know their liberties.

“There are actually two first flags, the Grand Union flag and the Liberty flag,” said Maswell, holding the first Liberty flag with 13 stripes to represent the colonies. “There were also those people who wanted unity and representation.”

He said the Declaration was about much more than representation when it was written. Addressing the abuse of powers and taxation, he said the government is straying from what the Declaration originally stood for.

Photos and story by Briona Arradondo