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Fifty years since Dr. Martin Kuther King Junior's "I have a Dream" speech
WASHINGTON -- Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Junior spoke at the Lincoln Memorial and told of his dream for America.
Now, half a century later, people will gather again to remember his words and look ahead to where they could still take this nation.
The man, the march and of course the ongoing movement -- that's what attendees will be celebrating today here as they honor the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington. President Obama will be on hand, as well and many others to honor that day that happened so many years ago.:
It's a day forever etched in American history. Sending forth lasting ideas and ideals from a king.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed
250,000 people attended. Untold numbers, worldwide, were inspired.
Now, fifty years later -- at the same place -- some from that generation and newer ones hope to evoke the spirit of that day.
Dr. King took us to another level. This was a high mountain moment of hope.
Then as now -- dignitaries from all races and creeds are slated to speak.
Oprah Winfrey, Leann Rimes and Jamie Foxx.
Civil rights icons like John Lewis and Caroline Kennedy.
And Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Following up a 2011 dedication -- where the nation's first black president praised the first black man to receive a monument on the mall.
Without that shining moment, without Dr. King's glorious words, we might not have had the courage to come as far as we have.
As for that King Memorial, it's actually not far from here at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King spoke. Just another measure of how far this movement has come.