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50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream" Speech

Reuters live and recorded videos, photos, and stories about the commemoration event in Washington, DC and across U.S. for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave the famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

  • Reuters Picture: U.S. President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with former President Bill Clinton following Clinton's remarks at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

  • Michael Eric Dyson, noted professor and author, writes for Reuters: 

    When President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, he will inevitably be compared to Martin Luther King Jr., whose oration that day framed the moral purpose of the civil rights movement. But there are huge differences between the prophetic icon and the political prodigy that reveal the competing and, at times, conflicting demands of the vocations they embraced. If we fail to understand the difference between the two, we will never appreciate the arc of their social aspiration — or fairly measure King and Obama’s achievements. Forty-five years after he was cut down by an assassin’s bullet, King has become a global icon rivaled by few Americans. 

    His outsized legend eclipsed the life he lived and overcame his enemies’ efforts to erase him from memory. King made a comeback in death from the bitter defeats near the end of his life, as the challenge of black militants made him seem increasingly out of touch. He has now leapfrogged virtually every other contender to be viewed as the greatest black American. Only Obama has come close to King’s popularity. But the preacher’s bloodstained sacrifice lifts him above the historic pull of presidential swagger.

  • Obama addresses nation to mark 50 years since King's 'Dream' speech

    Capping a week long celebration of King's historic call for racial and economic justice, President Barack Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial, the site of King's "I Have A Dream" address on August 28, 1963.
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