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Moving tributes to Martin Luther King on ‘I have a dream’ speech anniversary

Fifty years ago Wednesday, Dr. Martin Luther King stood before a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Though he was one of sixteen speakers that day, King’s remarks towered above all the rest. In rhetoric both sweeping and simple, his historic “I have a dream” speech came to symbolize the civil rights movement of the 1960′s.

“I have a dream,” King remarked that day, “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Fifty years to the day of that moving address, another crowd gathered in Washington D.C. to honour King’s legacy as well as reaffirm the struggle for equality and social justice in the United States.

With speakers ranging from civil rights leaders who were with King that day fifty years ago, to actors and celebrities inspired by his message, to President Barack Obama (above), the first black president in U.S. history – all paid tribute to King’s message and work.

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You can check out the highlights of the day’s events below, including speeches by ex-Civil Rights leaders John Lewis and Andrew Young, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx, and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

People listen as US President Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and others spoke to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the US civil rights era March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream Speech’. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Image
WATCH: “Let freedom ring!”: Bell rings at National Mall in Washington in honour of Martin Luther King.

SPEECH: Martin Luther King the third, son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SPEECH: Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SPEECH: Christine King Farris, sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Leo Boughjon, 70, from Chicago, Illinois, poses for the photographer August 28, 2013 on the Mall in Washington, DC. Boughjon, who participated in the August 28, 1963 March on Washington, came to the nation’s capital to attend the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Celia Sampol/AFP/Getty Images
SPEECH: Former President of the United States Bill Clinton
SPEECH: Media megastar Oprah Winfrey
Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx gave an impassioned speech at the National Mall in Washington, DC on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech. Alex Wong/Getty Images
SPEECH: Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx
SPEECH: Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter
Dexter Scott King (L), son of Martin Luther King, Jr., attends the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
SPEECH: Congressman and ex-civil rights leader John Lewis
President Barack Obama waves with his wife Michelle Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton during the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
SPEECH: Ex-civil rights leader and former ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young
SPEECH: The Reverend Joseph Lowery
 
US President Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

 

VIDEO: Locations across the nation “let freedom ring” with the echo of bells in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Video from Montgomery, AL; Memphis, TN; Washington, DC.

 

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