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Two marches spotlighting racial injustice finish as one in DC

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The March for Racial Justice and the March for Black Women each had their own rally in Washington, D.C. Saturday, but came together and finished the march to the National Mall as one group.

Farah Tanis, executive director of Black Women's Blue Print, told the Washington Post she heard about the March for Racial Justice and wanted to create her own march that would focus on black women specifically.

"I said to myself that there will not be another march for racial injustice that does not truly center on black women and their issues," Tanis said.

The leaders of the events said the timing of the two marches was intentional.

The plan for the March for Racial Justice began after a police officer in Minnesota was acquitted for the shooting of a black man named Philando Castile. Castile was shot in his car during a traffic stop while his girlfriend live streamed the scene.

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"The realist is that these are everyday occurrences. Charlottesville was horrific, but it's not every day like that in Charlottesville. But for people of color, it's like this every day," Dorcas Davis, an organizer for the March for Racial Justice, told the Washington Post.

All together, the two marches plan to have about 3,000 people attend and did apply for permits from the National Park Service.

Organizers also said they hope the march will fill some of the gaps that were not met during the Women's March, which happened the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Leaders from the Women's March said they plan to join the March for Racial Justice in New York.

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