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50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech Commemorated By Thousands

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Today, thousands gathered on the National Mall to hear President Barack Obama — along with other speakers, including two former presidents and other important civil rights leaders — commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in the same spot where Dr. King marched on Washington.

It is one of the best speeches ever given, defining one of the most symbolic moments in U.S. history. The year was 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. and his fellow marchers attended what he called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”

I would say that in the crowd of over 200,000 that attended that day to hear the famed speech, very few would believe that 50 years later the first African-American President of the United States would be amongst those honoring Dr. King for his contributions to society through his fight for equality.

Obama addressed the thousands that gathered today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking on the movement that the civil rights leader worked on for decades to help secure fair treatment and equal rights for African-Americans.

We marched. We sat. The triumphs, and even defeats, belong to us all,” said Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Dr. King told us that he might not get to the mountaintop with us, but he said there is a promised land and America is that promised land for all us.

[via CNN]

Even though Dr. King helped our nation move forward leaps and bounds past the way things were 50 years ago, many argue that racism is still alive today and we still have a ways to go until all people are truly treated equally.

Do you agree? If so, comment and tell us what YOUR “dream” is for equality in our nation.

Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

NEXT: 17 OTHER MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. QUOTES BESIDES THE 'I HAVE A DREAM' SPEECH

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