Video: White House Marks Anniversary of March on Washington, MLK "Dream" Speech

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C. (U.S. Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons)

President Obama hosted the Let Freedom Ring ceremony today at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. Watch the video.

Watch the Let Freedom Ring ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. 



Today on Twitter, the Brian Lehrer Show is asking: "What would Dr King's dream be today, 50 years after the March on Washington?"

We've been collecting the responses here - add your own by using the hashtag #IStillHaveaDream



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Landy Thomas

This march was so touching and inspiring! Yes we have come along way but the dream must continus. We must continue to demand equality for all #stillhaveadream

Aug. 28 2013 06:20 PM
Martin Perry from New York

I find it disturbing that no Republican President has participated in this commemoration. Surely one of the Bushes should have had something to say about this moment in American History. A recap of past Republican Presidents accomplishments ( yes there were some ) would have been an indication that equal rights is not solely the realm of Democratic Presidents. As the remaining two Republican living past Presidents they have a duty to America to point out that equal rights crosses party lines.. In fact, I believe that the importance of being President of the United States demands it.
They point up the current Republican philosophy that white America is all that counts.
Republicans wonder why their appeal is so narrow and can only maintain their position by working to deny voting rights to minorities. No mystery here

Aug. 28 2013 05:53 PM
Rolf O. Raess from Switzerland

If I look from the outside to the United States of America, I fear that the Americans of all colors an faith have lost in the last years most of their personal liberties and political rights. Driven by extremists in the right wing of the Reps and by the influence of wealthy groups, as the Neocons… Not speaking of the tax-money squandered.
All these individual losses were not created overnight, but sneaking up they have become a fact. So most citizens should not notice it. Today it seems to me that it is now too late to reverse the sad truth... Poor American people - I loved and admired you - before.

Aug. 28 2013 04:09 PM
John2379 from USA

When Obama will speak today marking the 50th Anniversary of the historical speech of the great humanist, non-violence Guru and the noble human being; he will not feel any shame, regret, pain and cowardliness in knowing the fact in his heart and soul that he is mercilessly killing the noble doctrines of the great human being in wedging one sided WAR and allowing to kill hundreds, not thousands of innocent civilians in taking side with one Jihadi race and illegally involving the super power in local religious and racial killings? Will he understand that the history will not forget him for this inhumane act and now on he will never able to open his mouth too wide to preach humanity, non-violence, compassion and co-existence. He does not know today, but this WAR will bring the entire middle east in to havoc, turmoil and human tragedy for decades to come. Hope, he will search himself and can get some sense while visiting the memorial of this great human being, and may be he may change his decision to push the war button ON rather than OFF. America and Americans have killed more than million human beings in that part of the world imposing our will, hegemony and greed for OIL, it is time now to stop it.

Aug. 28 2013 01:53 PM

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