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Marchers From Charlottesville Arrive in DC Wednesday

Organizers include the Women's March and the Movement for Black Lives

A rainy Wednesday welcomed a multi-racial coalition of faith, student and community activists from Charlottesville, Virginia, who marched over 110 miles to D.C. in response to what they call President Donald Trump's failure to confront the white supremacy on display at a violent rally in the Virginia city earlier this month.

The March to Confront White Supremacy arrived at Gateway Park in Arlington Wednesday afternoon. The marchers then crossed Key Bridge and continued to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, where they held a rally.

March organizers said on Twitter that they expected more than 800 people to participate in the last leg of the march.

A group of more than 100 people -- many wearing rain gear -- left Jefferson, Virginia Wednesday morning, organizers said on Twitter.

Since the march began on Monday, Aug. 28, participants covered more than 100 miles.

"We are marching from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found," the website for the march says. "It's clear that we can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. We are coming together to reckon with America's long history of white supremacy, so that we can begin to heal the wounds of our nation."

The list of organizations involved in the march includes the Women's March, the Movement for Black Lives, AFL-CIO and Democracy Spring, the site said.

Participants are walking up to 17 miles per day and are sleeping in churches along the route. The march is set to pass through Ruckersville, Culpeper, Manassas, Fairfax and Falls Church, an online timeline said.

Organizers say white supremacist violence, rhetoric and policies have intensified since Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and must be confronted. They say they want a political agenda "that repairs the damage done" by the legacy of white supremacy in America.

News4's Julie Carey is along the NRA2DOJ march path in Northern Virginia. Demonstrators are calling for gun law reforms, in the name of police shooting victim Philando Castile.
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