click on the picture for a gallery of the March on Washington past and present

The rains came pouring down on the 200 thousand who stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial on this day August 28th the Golden Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The multitude was there to hear the speakers.  Some were Civil Rights era Icons.  Congressman John Lewis - bloodied by the Ku Klux Klan during civil rights Marches of the early sixties.  Myrlie Evers, the wife of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers.  There was star power too.  Forest Whitaker whose potentially academy award winning performance in The Butler was there as was Oprah Winfrey.  President Bill Clinton talked about watching the March on Washington alone in his room as a 17 year old and how Dr. King's words inspired him. 

Then of course there was President Barack Obama who stood on the steps where the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. It was an indelible moment.  For a collage of some of the speeches click here

 

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