Civil Rights

12:15pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Politics

Speaking At The Lincoln Memorial, Obama Assesses 'The Dream'

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:05 am

Former President Bill Clinton tells the crowd that Americans today owe a tremendous debt to "those people who came here 50 years ago." Millions of us, he said, have lived the dream King talked about.
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Thousands gathered under gray skies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

They gathered in the exact same spot where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and many of the same themes — equality, dignity, unity — echoed through the crowd.

President Obama was joined by the King family and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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Wed August 28, 2013

4:36am

Wed August 28, 2013
Race

One Historic March, Countless Striking Moments

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:26 pm

More than 200,000 gather on the Washington Monument grounds before marching to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.
AP

1:35am

Wed August 28, 2013
The March On Washington At 50

Obama To Outline Unfinished Work, Decades After King's Dream

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 10:33 am

A spectator on the National Mall holds an image of President Obama and Martin Luther King during the 2013 presidential inauguration in January.
Gabriel B. Tait MCT/Landov

President Obama will stand in the symbolic shadows of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Wednesday, as he marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Aides say Obama will use the opportunity to celebrate the progress that's been made, thanks to the civil rights movement. He'll also discuss the work that he says still has to be done to realize King's dream of racial justice in America.

That includes fighting to protect voting rights and building what the president calls "ladders of opportunity" for poor people of all races.

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9:54pm

Tue August 27, 2013
The March On Washington At 50

50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 10:33 am

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial during activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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