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Demonstrators hold signs while walking during the March On for Washington and Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Thousands of people marched in cities across the United States on Saturday to urge the Senate to pass voting rights legislation and put pressure on state legislatures to expand voting access, NBC reports.

Driving the news: The March On for Voting Rights took place in D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and other cities "to demand that elected officials protect democracy, denounce voter suppression and ensure fair, easy access to the vote for all through the passage of comprehensive federal legislation," per the group's website.

The big picture: The march falls on the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, when more than 200,000 marched in D.C. and heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech.

  • The marchers in Washington will convene at the Lincoln Memorial —where King delivered his speech in 1963.
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Protesters pass the White House during a rally to demand protection for voting rights on Aug. 28. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators hold signs while walking during the March On for Washington and Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Protesters rally to demand protection for voting rights on the 58th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on Aug. 28. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
A general view during the March On For Voting Rights at the King Center on Aug. 28 in Atlanta. Photo: Derek White/Getty Images
The Rev. Al Sharpton (center), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) (second from right) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) participate in the March On For Voting Rights Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Martin Luther King III speaks during the March On for Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Photo: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Martin Luther King III: History will remember Sinema "unkindly"

Photo: J. Kempin/FilmMagic

Martin Luther King III admonished Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Thursday for doubling down on her stance on the Senate filibuster, saying history will remember her "unkindly."

Driving the news: Sinema took to the Senate floor earlier in the day to voice her opposition to abolishing the filibuster to pass major voting rights bills, though Sinema supports efforts to amend voting rights legislation.

Sinema cites "disease of division," says she won't support changing filibuster rules

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) reiterated her long-standing support for the 60-vote Senate filibuster during a floor speech Thursday, dampening Democrats' hopes of reforming filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.

The backdrop: President Biden earlier this week threw his support behind changing filibuster rules in order pass voting rights legislation, and will attend the Senate Democratic caucus lunch later Thursday to make his case.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in central Ohio

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington where he gave his "I Have A Dream" speech. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

Here are some ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day in central Ohio on Monday: