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50th Anniversary of ‘Dream Speech’

WASHINGTON — Fifty years ago Wednesday in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood before a crowd of 250,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the recognized speeches in the fight for equality.

On Wednesday, thousands will gather at the same spot to remember Dr. King’s speech. President Obama will speak to the crowd. He is expected to tie his personal journey and successes to the civil rights movement and Dr. King.

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Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will also address the crowd.  A few celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Leann Rimes and Jamie Foxx will also speak.

Celebrations have been ongoing over the last week,and civil rights leaders spoke over the weekend. An interfaith memorial service will be held along with several other events in the Seattle area.

Local and national leaders spoke out on the anniversary of the Dream Speech.

“The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demands that we not rest on our laurels, but continue his march toward justice,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said. “From Seattle to Selma, and everywhere in between, we are reminded the fight for equality is far from over.”

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4 Comments to “50th Anniversary of ‘Dream Speech’”

    Joe said:
    August 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Yep, time to judge by “content of the character” and quit making pathetic excuses like those cops in Spokane who are too gutless to speak the truth or they inside believe the beating killers of the old man are just too stupid to be called out for what they are.

    holdeninwa said:
    August 28, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Everyone is so rah-rah today. It's the other days that are critical. Many folk lookaway & remain silent when witnessing racism in daily life. Civil Rights Act didn't end racism. Racists are born every day so diversity & inclusion have to be in our consciousness- or equality doesn't happen. Just look at the leadership in Washington (DC & the state of)… I see very little racial equality. Yet leaders from both left & right purport to decry racism. And yet it's still a white man's world on Main & Wall Street in this age of scientific enlightenment. I find that sad– it's so 20th Century, 1950s statusquo for leaders of a society to lack integrity.

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