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African-Americans Gather in Washington for 'Millions More March'


Thousands of African-Americans have gathered in Washington Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the "Million Man March," and to focus on problems faced by African-Americans and the country's poor.

Among the speakers early in the day was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, who called for black people to return to New Orleans. Other speakers picked up on the topic, saying slow government response after the city flooded showed prejudice against blacks.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church said all blacks are viewed as "America's refugees."

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, activist and minister Jesse Jackson and civil rights icon Dorothy Height are among those speaking Saturday.

The "Million Man March" 10 years ago was aimed at empowering and uniting America's black men from all walks of life. That event was attended by hundreds of thousands of people in one of the largest gatherings ever in Washington.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.