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50th anniversary of 'March on Washington' | Emmanuel to ring bell at noon

August 27, 2013 · Updated 11:57 AM

Martin Luther King, Jr. / Contributed photo

Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in D.C. last Saturday in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington.

Political and civil rights leaders spoke about racial equality and urged Americans to remember King's dream.

On Aug. 28, President Barack Obama will stand in the same place the civil rights icon stood at the Lincoln Memorial when he gave the "I have a dream" speech.

The March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963 was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans.

It was organized by a group of civil rights, labor and religious organizations. Hundreds of thousands of participants gathered for the march; the majority of them were black.

The march is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

To read MLK’s famous speech, go to http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/i-have-dream-2


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