Tens of thousands of people came to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday to observe the 50th anniversary of the famous march, the Associated Press reports. Speakers called for marchers to continue fighting for King’s dream, saying it includes equality for gays, Hispanics, the poor and disabled.
The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business.
“This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration,” said Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader. “Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more.”
Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said he would not be in office, nor would Barack Obama be president, without those who marched.
Read more at the Associated Press.