AARON MORRISON and ASHRAF KHALIL
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans, a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.
Although many marchers will arrive via charter buses from surrounding communities on Aug. 28, the Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the organizers, will ask some to join satellite marches planned in states that are considered hot spots for COVID-19.
"We're following protocol," Sharpton told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. "The objective is not how many thousands of people will be (in Washington). It'll still be a good crowd."
The commemoration, taking place on the 57th anni