Time ran out for some at anniversary march

WASHINGTON (AP) — Phillip Agnew had hoped to speak at the March on Washington anniversary commemoration about his generation carrying on Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

Agnew was on the agenda and on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Wednesday’s observation of the 1963 march. He says he was about to go to the podium, but the Rev. Al Sharpton walked up to speak instead. He says he was told some speakers went too long, so there was not time for him.

Agnew is executive director of a group, called Dream Defenders, that formed after the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Agnew says he’s not angry at organizers. His parents heard him speak at a march event last Saturday. At that event, Agnew said “this is our time.”

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