Photos: Another March on Washington 50 years later

Photos: Another March on Washington 50 years later

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: People line the National Mall during the 'Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action' honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. The 1963 landmark civil rights event was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, saying, 'I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream...one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream . . .' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 11:56 AM

WASHINGTON -- Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the "glorious patriots" who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.

In a moment rich with history and symbolism, tens of thousands of Americans of all backgrounds and colors thronged to the National Mall to join the nation’s first black president and civil rights pioneers in marking the 50th anniversary of King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. Obama urged each of them to become a modern-day marcher for economic justice and racial harmony.


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His speech was the culmination of daylong celebration of King’s legacy that began with marchers walking the streets of Washington behind a replica of the transit bus that Rosa Parks once rode when she refused to give up her seat to a white man.

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