WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Fifty years ago, civil rights activists led a march through Washington, D.C. to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Wednesday, those veteran leaders marched again, this time to celebrate the progress that's been made toward equality in our nation.
Thousands gathered again at the Lincoln Memorial to hear President Obama speak from the exact spot where King did 50 years ago. In 1963, few political leaders attended the event, but many spoke this time.
"As we mark this anniversary, we must remind ourselves that the measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago was not how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires, it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of the middle class life," says President Obama.
WASHINGTON (WKOW) – Fifty years ago Wednesday, tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his monumental "I have a dream" speech.
The famous 1963 "March on Washington" was a significant moment in the civil rights movement in America.
A half a century later, people will gather in Washington again to remember those iconic words and see where those words can still impact this nation.
President Obama will speak at a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where King delivered his famous speech. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter will also attend and address the crowd.
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