Marchers Honor MLK in DC
Rally at Lincoln Memorial marks 50th anniversary of speech
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
People attend the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of MLK's famous speech.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Tens of thousands of marchers kicked off the 50th anniversary commemorations of the March on Washington today, honoring the civil rights progress made since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. But they also lamented what they called new attacks on racial and social equality. Addressing the crowd, Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, thanked those who marched a half-century ago and said neither he nor President Obama would be in office without them.

The Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington drew some 250,000 people to the National Mall, ushered in the idea of massive, nonviolent demonstrations, and helped bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The event today was the precursor to the actual anniversary of the march. On that day, Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place King stood when he delivered his speech. Read about the Washington Post's mea culpa about its coverage 50 years ago, and about why it remains difficult to hear King's speech in full even today.

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Aug 26, 2013 8:37 AM CDT
MLK was a great man - easily the equivalent of George Washington. Both had their personal foibles; but what they stood for and against and what they accomplished will live as long as history lives. Regrettably, like the nation Washington helped birth, the Civil Rights Movement was hijacked by people who wanted to make an industry out of it and who didn't give a damn about its goals and ambitions. They started at different times; but, the arc of their creations is merging into destruction now. It's a pity. Both deserved vastly better.
Aug 25, 2013 7:14 PM CDT
Milk is good in every state but it must be cold.
Aug 25, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
was there a single person there who knows that MLK, Jr. was a republican ?