Washingtonian Nick McCoy said he was prepared to come to the March for Jobs and Justice in August and remained motivated because of "poor people issues in colored neighborhoods, (being) part of a profound history that is connected to Martin Luther King. It's about harnessing the things that Martin Luther King stood for. Movements often fracture, because they want their movement to be No. 1." McCoy, project director for the DC Statehood, said the primary message he hoped the march and rally delivered was "This is one step to making D.C. a state."
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