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  • Eleanor Holmes Norton outraged by long lines at March on Washington

    Eleanor Holmes Norton outraged by long lines at March on Washington

    Thursday, August 29 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-08-30 02:04:15 GMT
    There is new information about what may have caused the major gridlock at the security entrance to the National Mall during Wednesday’s March on Washington event.
    There is new information about what may have caused the major gridlock at the security entrance to the National Mall during Wednesday’s March on Washington event.
  • Quotes, reaction to March on Washington

    Quotes, reaction to March on Washington

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-08-28 22:19:15 GMT
    Statements in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
    Statements in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • Transcript of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech

    Transcript of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-08-28 11:29:33 GMT
    I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 1...
    I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 1...
  • King family bus in traffic incident, no one hurt

    King family bus in traffic incident, no one hurt

    Thursday, August 29 2013 10:44 AM EDT2013-08-29 14:44:41 GMT
    A bus carrying some members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family was involved in a minor traffic incident while leaving the March on Washington commemoration, but no one was hurt.
    A bus carrying some members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family was involved in a minor traffic incident while leaving the March on Washington commemoration, but no one was hurt.
  • MLK's dream inspires a new march, and a president

    MLK's dream inspires a new march, and a president

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-08-29 03:23:38 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Some wait hours to attend 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Some wait hours to attend 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 9:39 PM EDT2013-08-29 01:39:09 GMT
    D.C. officials had been warning people for days to take public transportation to the National Mall for the anniversary celebration and to expect road closures. But no one expected the worst gridlock to be at the only public entrance.
    D.C. officials had been warning people for days to take public transportation to the National Mall for the anniversary celebration and to expect road closures. But no one expected the worst gridlock to be at the only public entrance.
  • King's family asks people to remember his vision

    King's family asks people to remember his vision

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 6:14 PM EDT2013-08-28 22:14:51 GMT
    Members of Martin Luther King's family encouraged people amassed on the National Mall to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of King's speech not to stop fighting for his vision of equality and community.
    Members of Martin Luther King's family encouraged people amassed on the National Mall to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of King's speech not to stop fighting for his vision of equality and community.
  • Oprah: MLK forced nation to wake up, change

    Oprah: MLK forced nation to wake up, change

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 6:03 PM EDT2013-08-28 22:03:55 GMT
    Oprah Winfrey says Martin Luther King Jr. forced the nation "to wake up, look at itself and eventually change." She says the civil rights leader's lessons inspire people all over the world.
    Oprah Winfrey says Martin Luther King Jr. forced the nation "to wake up, look at itself and eventually change." She says the civil rights leader's lessons inspire people all over the world.
  • Clinton: Stop complaining and get to work

    Clinton: Stop complaining and get to work

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 5:59 PM EDT2013-08-28 21:59:25 GMT
    For former President Bill Clinton, this day 50 years ago in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial, marks "one of the most important days in American history."
    For former President Bill Clinton, this day 50 years ago in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial, marks "one of the most important days in American history."
  • Obama: King's dream partly met, still unfulfilled

    Obama: King's dream partly met, still unfulfilled

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 5:57 PM EDT2013-08-28 21:57:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama is claiming his place in Martin Luther King's 50-year-old dream, holding himself up as a symbol of the change King envisioned. But he also pointed to the nation's lingering economic disparities as evidence that King's hopes remain unfulfilled.
    President Barack Obama is claiming his place in Martin Luther King's 50-year-old dream, holding himself up as a symbol of the change King envisioned. But he also pointed to the nation's lingering economic disparities as evidence that King's hopes remain unfulfilled.
  • More than 300 sites to ring bells for MLK speech

    More than 300 sites to ring bells for MLK speech

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 5:53 PM EDT2013-08-28 21:53:57 GMT
    Church bells rang out Wednesday at the National Cathedral and at sites nationwide to answer a call from one of the most important civil rights speeches in history to "let freedom ring."
    Church bells rang out Wednesday at the National Cathedral and at sites nationwide to answer a call from one of the most important civil rights speeches in history to "let freedom ring."
  • Carter remembers King on 50th 'Dream' anniversary

    Carter remembers King on 50th 'Dream' anniversary

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 3:42 PM EDT2013-08-28 19:42:11 GMT
    Former President Jimmy Carter is paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on this historic anniversary, even as he extols the nation to continue to work for a better America.
    Former President Jimmy Carter is paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on this historic anniversary, even as he extols the nation to continue to work for a better America.
  • Evers-Williams urges more work on civil rights

    Evers-Williams urges more work on civil rights

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 1:21 PM EDT2013-08-28 17:21:55 GMT
    Five decades after the historic March on Washington, Myrlie Evers-Williams sees a retrenchment in this country when it comes to civil rights.
    Five decades after the historic March on Washington, Myrlie Evers-Williams sees a retrenchment in this country when it comes to civil rights.
  • More than 300 sites to ring bells for MLK speech

    More than 300 sites to ring bells for MLK speech

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-08-28 17:07:01 GMT
    The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech will echo around the world on Wednesday as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments let freedom ring in celebration of a powerful moment in civil rights history.
    The final refrain of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech will echo around the world on Wednesday as bells from churches, schools and historical monuments let freedom ring in celebration of a powerful moment in civil rights history.
  • Google honors 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech with doodle

    Google honors 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech with doodle

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 7:52 AM EDT2013-08-28 11:52:18 GMT
    Google has honored the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech with a doodle.
    Google has honored the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech with a doodle.
  • Obama to give personal reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. at 50-year anniversary of March on Washington

    Obama to give personal reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. at 50-year anniversary of March on Washington

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 6:28 AM EDT2013-08-28 10:28:08 GMT
    Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared with a divided nation his “dream” of racial equality, America’s first black president will mark the anniversary – and the progress made since the 1963 March on Washington -- on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The president will be joined Wednesday for the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony by a host of civil rights leaders, as well as past presidents and members of the King family. Obama will speak roughly 50 years to the minute since Ki...
    Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared with a divided nation his “dream” of racial equality, America’s first black president will mark the anniversary – and the progress made since the 1963 March on Washington -- on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The president will be joined Wednesday for the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony by a host of civil rights leaders, as well as past presidents and members of the King family. Obama will speak roughly 50 years to the minute since Ki...
  • What you need to know: March on Washington

    What you need to know: March on Washington

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 5:55 AM EDT2013-08-28 09:55:17 GMT
    On Wednesday August 28th the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place from 11:30 am 4:00 pm at the Lincoln Memorial. Find road closure and site closure information here.
    On Wednesday August 28th, the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. Find road closure, site closure and Metro information here.
  • Native Washingtonian remembers unforgettable March on Washington experience 50 years ago

    Native Washingtonian remembers unforgettable March on Washington experience 50 years ago

    Monday, August 26 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-08-27 03:00:26 GMT

    Fifty years ago this week, a quarter of a million people converged on Washington and the National Mall for a first-of-its-kind demonstration for jobs and freedom. Washingtonian Valerie Youmans was a little girl -- and was there that historic day.

    Fifty years ago this week, a quarter of a million people converged on Washington and the National Mall for a first-of-its-kind demonstration for jobs and freedom. Washingtonian Valerie Youmans was a little girl -- and was there that historic day.

  • Is MLK dream reality? In changed city, yes and no

    Is MLK dream reality? In changed city, yes and no

    Monday, August 26 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-08-27 01:47:01 GMT
    When he boarded a Greyhound bus on his way to Princeton University, Glennon Threatt promised himself he'd never come back here. As a young black man, he saw no chance to fulfill his dreams in a city burdened by the ghosts of its segregated past.
    When he boarded a Greyhound bus on his way to Princeton University, Glennon Threatt promised himself he'd never come back here. As a young black man, he saw no chance to fulfill his dreams in a city burdened by the ghosts of its segregated past.
  • Civil rights and immigration history connected

    Civil rights and immigration history connected

    Monday, August 26 2013 9:40 PM EDT2013-08-27 01:40:21 GMT

    When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds come together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.

    When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds come together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.

  • Obama meets with faith group leaders

    Obama meets with faith group leaders

    Monday, August 26 2013 9:33 PM EDT2013-08-27 01:33:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama has met with leaders of faith organizations and civil rights activists at the White House to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
    President Barack Obama has met with leaders of faith organizations and civil rights activists at the White House to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • Metro records 453,000 trips on Saturday

    Metro records 453,000 trips on Saturday

    Monday, August 26 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-08-27 01:03:47 GMT
    Metro says it recorded 453,000 trips on Saturday, when thousands of people flooded the National Mall for celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
    Metro says it recorded 453,000 trips on Saturday, when thousands of people flooded the National Mall for celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
  • NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

    NAACP keeping up pressure in Trayvon Martin case

    Monday, August 26 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-08-27 00:56:58 GMT
    NAACP President Ben Jealous said Monday his organization collected petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling for charges to be filed against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.
    NAACP President Ben Jealous said Monday his organization collected petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling for charges to be filed against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.
  • Poll: Virginians split on if MLK's dream realized

    Poll: Virginians split on if MLK's dream realized

    Monday, August 26 2013 8:02 PM EDT2013-08-27 00:02:03 GMT
    A new poll shows that Virginians are divided on whether the ideals in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech have been realized.
    A new poll shows that Virginians are divided on whether the ideals in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech have been realized.
  • A new beginning for Dunbar High School

    A new beginning for Dunbar High School

    Monday, August 26 2013 10:46 AM EDT2013-08-26 14:46:48 GMT
    Dunbar High School began a new chapter Monday. A 120 million dollar campus welcomed students Monday morning for the first time. But this new beginning is also a time to remember Dunbar's legacy as the first African American public high school.
    Dunbar High School began a new chapter Monday. A 120 million dollar campus welcomed students Monday morning for the first time. But this new beginning is also a time to remember Dunbar's legacy as the first African American public high school.
  • Andrew Young reflects on the March on Washington

    Andrew Young reflects on the March on Washington

    Monday, August 26 2013 9:42 AM EDT2013-08-26 13:42:09 GMT
    As we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week Andrew Young reflects on that day in 1963 and progress still to be made.
    As we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week Andrew Young reflects on that day in 1963 and progress still to be made.
  • Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

    Marching for King's dream: 'The task is not done'

    Monday, August 26 2013 6:03 AM EDT2013-08-26 10:03:16 GMT
    Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
    Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • Reflecting On The March On Washington In 2013

    Reflecting On The March On Washington In 2013

    Monday, August 26 2013 6:02 AM EDT2013-08-26 10:02:35 GMT
    They came by the tens of thousands to reflect on the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.The crowd of more than 100,000 that overflowed along the reflecting pool.
    They came by the tens of thousands to reflect on the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.The crowd of more than 100,000 that overflowed along the reflecting pool.
  • DC Artist who attended 1963 March on Washington reflects on the past and the future

    DC Artist who attended 1963 March on Washington reflects on the past and the future

    Monday, August 26 2013 6:01 AM EDT2013-08-26 10:01:53 GMT
    Dorothy Ann Hawkins Gray is an artist. She was 16 when Martin Luther King mesmerized the crowd on the mall in 1963.
    Dorothy Ann Hawkins Gray is an artist. She was 16 when Martin Luther King mesmerized the crowd on the mall in 1963.
  • 50 years after King, marchers gather again in DC

    50 years after King, marchers gather again in DC

    Friday, August 23 2013 10:36 PM EDT2013-08-24 02:36:31 GMT
    Next week, the nation's first black president, a living symbol of the racial progress Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about, will stand near the spot where King stood 50 years ago and say where he believes this nation should be headed.
    Next week, the nation's first black president, a living symbol of the racial progress Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about, will stand near the spot where King stood 50 years ago and say where he believes this nation should be headed.
  • Leaders of March on Washington anniversary set agenda for events

    Leaders of March on Washington anniversary set agenda for events

    Friday, August 23 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-08-23 23:35:06 GMT
    Following the lead of their predecessors, organizers of 50th anniversary activities for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Friday issued what they called a 21st century agenda for the nation: economic parity, equity in education, voting rights, health care access and criminal justice reform.
    Following the lead of their predecessors, organizers of 50th anniversary activities for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Friday issued what they called a 21st century agenda for the nation: economic parity, equity in education, voting rights, health care access and criminal justice reform.
  • Limited-edition March on Washington stamp unveiled

    Limited-edition March on Washington stamp unveiled

    Friday, August 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-08-23 23:31:54 GMT
    Georgia congressman John Lewis and actress Gabrielle Union have joined the U.S. Postal Service in unveiling a stamp commemorating the 1963 March on Washington.
    Georgia congressman John Lewis and actress Gabrielle Union have joined the U.S. Postal Service in unveiling a stamp commemorating the 1963 March on Washington.
  • Museums retrace March on Washington 50 years later

    Museums retrace March on Washington 50 years later

    Friday, August 23 2013 3:25 PM EDT2013-08-23 19:25:54 GMT
    Numerous exhibits and programs in the nation's capital will allow visitors to retrace the historic steps of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.
    Numerous exhibits and programs in the nation's capital will allow visitors to retrace the historic steps of the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.
  • Prayer service kicks off March on Washington's 50th anniversary

    Prayer service kicks off March on Washington's 50th anniversary

    Wednesday, August 21 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-08-22 03:34:28 GMT
    Several hundred people packed into Mount Airy Baptist Church in downtown Washington for a prayer service to launch a week of activities commemorating the historic 1963 March on Washington.
    Several hundred people packed into Mount Airy Baptist Church in downtown Washington for a prayer service to launch a week of activities commemorating the historic 1963 March on Washington.
  • Civil rights includes gays 50 years after march

    Civil rights includes gays 50 years after march

    Wednesday, August 21 2013 3:48 PM EDT2013-08-21 19:48:08 GMT
    Months before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and engaged.
    Months before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and engaged.
  • Historic March on Washington remembered by panel at MLK Library

    Historic March on Washington remembered by panel at MLK Library

    Tuesday, August 20 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-08-21 03:35:28 GMT

    The nation's capital is getting ready to host 50th anniversary celebrations of the historic March on Washington. The major events begin this weekend, but on Tuesday night at a D.C. public library, there was an opportunity to hear from a few of our neighbors who were there that day on August 28, 1963.

    The nation's capital is getting ready to host 50th anniversary celebrations of the historic March on Washington. The major events begin this weekend, but on Tuesday night at a D.C. public library, there was an opportunity to hear from a few of our neighbors who were there that day on August 28, 1963.

  • AAA-Mid Atlantic warns of pickpockets targeting crowds at March on Washington

    AAA-Mid Atlantic warns of pickpockets targeting crowds at March on Washington

    Thursday, August 15 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-08-15 23:56:50 GMT
    Keep your purse close and your phones closer. While thousands of people will flock to the District on August 24th for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, pickpockets will be on the prowl.
    Keep your purse close and your phones closer. While thousands of people will flock to the District on August 24th for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, pickpockets will be on the prowl.
  • MLK Memorial may not be ready for March of Washington anniversary

    MLK Memorial may not be ready for March of Washington anniversary

    Monday, August 12 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-08-13 01:24:25 GMT
    Work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where a disputed inscription was recently removed may not be done until after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
    Work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where a disputed inscription was recently removed may not be done until after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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