March on Washington: Thousands Honor MLK’s Legacy

Tens of thousands of people flooded the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington. Saturday's march and rally come ahead of the “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration and call to action on Wednesday, 50 years since King drew more than 200,000 to the Lincoln Memorial for his landmark address.

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Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the nation's first black president Barack Obama delivered remarks at a nationwide commemoration. Click to see more pictures of the celebration.
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Oprah Winfrey spoke during celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton look on as Martin Luther King Jr family members ring the bell during the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton arrive at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter wave during the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, right, during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 28,2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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Entertainer Forest Whitaker speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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Former Boston Celtics and basketball hall of famer Bill Russell spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington celebration.
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Celebrities like actor Jamie Foxx spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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Rev. Al Sharpton made a speech in front of the thousands at National Mall in Washington D.C.
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NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous delivers a speech in front of a bell that rang at the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The church was bombed 18 days after the March On Washington killing four young girls.
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Comedian Chris Tucker talks with Sacramento, California, Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson during the commemoration.
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Singer LeAnn Rimes sung during the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
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The group Junkaroo performs at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke at the Lincoln Memorial.
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The Lincoln Memorial has seen many repeat vistors like this woman who holds up a sign as people gather to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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People cheer as they march from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial during the "Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action."
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A U.S. Park Police officer stands watch before the start of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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A Osprey military helicopter flies by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
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Chairs, metal risers and video screens are set up at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington celebrations that will be held Wednesday, Aug, 28, 2013.
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Tourists look out from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
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The folded arms of the Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial are seen in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Fifty years after King's monumental "I Have a Dream" speech, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.
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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a screening of "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights," at Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2013. The screening was part of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington, the civil rights watershed where Martin Luther King Jr famously declared: "I have a dream." The March on Washington is best remembered for King's stirring vision of a United States free of inequality and prejudice, telecast live to a nation undergoing a phenomenal decade of soul-searching, crisis and change.
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Claudia Hanes from Kentucky holds a placard during a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. The event was the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march.
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People line the reflecting pool as they listen to speakers at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. In the background are the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument.
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Attorney General Eri Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
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People gather around the reflecting pool while attending the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Dorothy Meekins holds up the national flag with the picture of President Barack Obama as she attends the rally, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Organizers have planned for about 100,000 people to participate in the event, which is the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march.
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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
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People attend the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
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Martin Luther King III waves to the crowd after speaking during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
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Crowds rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., greets the crowd as he arrives to speak at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis was the 23-year-old chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when he spoke at the 1963 March.
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Sarah Lee of Columbus, Ohio, right, stands next to a Ohio state flag she brought to the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
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People hold up banners as they attend the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.
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Demonstrators march down Independence Avenue away from the Lincoln Memorial during the rally t to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks with Rev. Jesse Jackson during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
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Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., leads a prayer as Rev. Al Sharpton, left, Tracy Martin, father of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, third from right and, Jahvaris Fulton, brother of Trayvon Martin, second from right, hold hands and bow their heads at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
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The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, arm-in-arm with Congressman John Lewis, lines up with Martin Luther King, III, third from right, and his wife Arndrea King, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, second from left, prepare for the start of the march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after the rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
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