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August 27 Marches Cancelled in D.C. Due to Hurricane Irene

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Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer –

(NNPA) WASHINGTON -- The impending arrival of Hurricane Irene has caused the cancellations of two major marches that were to take place Sat., Aug. 27 in D.C.

Just prior to calling a state of emergency for the city, Mayor Vincent C. Gray's office announced cancellation of both the D.C. statehood rally and a march for jobs that was to be led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network.

Harry Johnson, president of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, announced that because of the hurricane, the dedication of the King Memorial would be postponed until September or October.

The hurricane, which is expected to bring severe storms to the D.C. area, has also threatened travel along the eastern seaboard.

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