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50 years after King, marchers gather again in DC

2:52 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
Aug. 28, 1963: The civil rights leader Martin Luther King waves to supporters on the Mall in Washington D.C. during the 'March on Washington.' King said the march was 'the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images).
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WASHINGTON  -- Next week, the nation's first black president will stand near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years ago and talk about where he believes this nation should be headed in the push for equality.

Then, like King, President Barack Obama will step away and resume dealing with where this nation is now.

Observances of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington begin in earnest Saturday with a demonstration led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and King's son, Martin Luther King III. Obama, as well as former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, will participate in a ceremony on Wednesday.

The original march was held Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, and drew 250,000 people. It is where King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.

 

SUZANNE GAMBOA
Associated Press Writer

The Associated Press

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