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Thousands gather in Washington celebrating Dr. King speech
Following in the footsteps of history. Thousands are gathering in Washington today at the site of Martin Luther King Junior's epic civil rights march. Fifty years ago, doctor King made his famous I Have a Dream speech -- calling on the nation to extend its ideals to African-Americans. Today, marchers rallied in his name -- and spirit.
Thousands came from all over the country to commemorate the original march on Washington ... But also to participate in a new one.
This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration, nor the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done.
The son of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior spoke in the same spot where his father shared his dream fifty-years ago this week.
That speech inspired a nation and the man who would become our first African American president.
Rev Sharpton said, King saw the possibility of Obama 50 years ago.
But every speaker today said The Dream of Equality and Justice is still far from being realized.
Martin Luther King Jr. III said, Sadly the tears of Trayvon Martin's family... The color of one's skin remains a reason to profile, arrest, and murder with no regard for the content of one's character.
Civil rights leaders called on states like Florida to repeal stand your ground.
And they blasted the new voter identification laws.
Sharpton said, Why when we get to Obama do we need some special id? In 1963 marchers wanted the right to vote...Regardless of color. Now they say they're marching to protect that right.
Gregory Cameron marcher said, "I just came for the march, y'know. Parents talked about it y'know years ago, fifty years ago, I just want to be a part of it."
The only change from the 1963 route is a stop by the new Martin Luther King Junior memorial. It is a must-see, but the main event is still to come. On Wednesday President Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.