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Thousands Marched on Washington to Celebrate Dr. King's Dream

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On August 28, 1963, thousands of people marched on Washington for jobs and to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech."

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On August 28, 1963, thousands of people marched on Washington for jobs and to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech."

On Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of that date, thousands marched again to Washington, D.C. but this time to celebrate.

"I'll never forget it, i'll never forget a lot of little details but I remember my feet in the tidal pond. I remember the people just so happy to be there and doing something about inequalities," said Ken Sprague who attended the march 50 years ago.

The week long events brought people from all over the nation and of all ages to remember Dr. King's dream

"I brought these young people today in order for them to see first hand what history looks like to see first hand what we are about and what we fought for and Dr. Martin Luther long fought for," says Bernadel Jefferson who traveled from Flint, MI for the events.

"50 years ago, w couldn't be there then but we can be here today. We had no excuse not to be here, rain and all. Took off work, brought the umbrellas, got here early and we made it," said Tina Long who traveled from Burke, Va.

Speakers and performers from all generations reflected on the King's historic speech and his dream.

"Still too much apathy when the lives of colored people are too often valued less than the lives of white people," says Gov. Martin O'Malley during his speech at the event.

A dream some people say we're still fighting for.

"I think it's an honor to be here because some significant things have been done but I'm a little frustrated because a lot of things are not being done," said Jake Simmons IV who attended the march 50 years ago with his father.

"And if they don't fight, they don't speak out and if they keep silent then what will we have 50 years from now. No, we have no achieved the dream but we have not lost everything," said Jefferson.

For people who couldn't make it to Washington, D.C, for the events, various groups across the county hosted "Let Freedom Ring" bell ringing events to honor the anniversary in their home states.

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