From the back of the sound truck TV Channel10 (NBC local affiliate), carried the event live, as Woods led marchers chants of "No Justice...No Peace!", "Jobs & Education...Not War & Incarceration!", "They say Go Back...We say Fight Back!". Interspersed with DJ Eric Palmer's magical mix of MLK's "I Have A Dream" speech and Curtis Mayfield's "Keep On Pushin", banners on the truck said "Defend 'The Dream'. Another World is Possible! A giant orange banner saying Justice For Trayvon! and End Racism! Fin Al Racismo!" took-up the whole street.
Red, Green, and Black Placards of The RI Peoples Assembly bore photographs of Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, MLK, Malcolm X, and The Black Panthers with slogans Justice For Trayvon Martin" and "Jail Zimmerman". "No More Lynching" and Say No to Racism". "Stand Your Ground Against Racist Cops & Vigilantes" and the MLK quote, "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government. Finally, Hands Off Syria"
The march swelled to 200 as dozens joined as it looped through downtown's Kennedy Plaza where hundreds were waiting for buses, and dozens more were added by the end, when it was joined by members of UniteHERE Local 217 fighting for a union contract at The Renaissance Hotel.
The march was followed by an MLK All-Peoples Assembly chaired by three Defend 'The Dream' event organizers. Youth leader of the RI Peoples Assembly, Rozina Oteiro, and long-time fighters for social & economic justice, John Prince, DARE 'Behind-The-Walls' Committee organizer, and Theresa Price of the RI Peoples Assembly.
Brother Ray Watson (Two Hawks), Sachem of The Mashpee Band of the Narragansetts opened with an All-Faiths Prayer on behalf of all religious leaders present. Joseph P. Buchanan & Sharon Mazyck led all assembled in the singing of The Black National Anthem ('Lift Every Voice"). A 50th Anniversary Video was presented by it's creator, video-grapher Robert Malin, with words from event Honorary Chair, Dr Bernard Lafayette Jr., current chair, SCLC, and former Coordinator of The Poor Peoples Campaign.
Speakers include Malcus Mills, event organizer and DARE member, Courtney Smith, organizer, UniteHERE Local 217, Joseph P. Buchanan, event organizer and long-time community activist, Matthew Thomas, Chief Sachem of The Narragansett Indian Tribe, and Bill Bateman, event organizer and Chair of the RI Unemployed Council.
Prince gave a history of The '63 March and then Price and other speakers took turns condemning the failure of the U.S. government and society to fulfill 'The Dream' and the capitalist system's need-to-maintain racism, poverty, and war as tools to divide & conquer the labor, land, and resources of the peoples of this country and the world.