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March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Members of the Little Rock Nine are escorted into Central High School, in 1957. They were the first black children to attend the all-white school. (Wikipedia)

Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest of the nine black children who volunteered to be the first to integrate the then all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
High school sophomores Justin Morales, 14,
Triston Childs, 15,
Rachael Smith, 15, and Deja Brown, 14, watch Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech. (Jenny Brundin/Colorado Public Radio)

Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we hear from a group of high school sophomores in the racially and ethnically-diverse city of Aurora, Colorado.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Dorothy Height, right, National President of the National Council of Negro Women and Director of the center for Racial Justice of the national YWCA, listens as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)

Gloria Richardson, one of the few women on the program at the 1963 March on Washington, was only allowed to say “hello” before her microphone was taken away.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

An interfaith service at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington D.C. began the events commemorating the 1963 March on Washington. NPR’s Brakkton Booker brings us this postcard.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SEIU Millennial Health Care Workers pose for a photo at the 'We Got Next" march in Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2013. (Austin Thompson/Facebook)

We speak with two African American activists: Kim Moore, the 28-year-old founder of Soul Revision consulting, and Austin Thompson, a 26-year-old millennial coordinator for the SEIU.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The bell at left rang at the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. which was bombed 18 days after the March On Washington killing four young girls. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

The “Let Freedom Ring” commemoration today marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton sits in front of historical photographs of Washington in her office in the House Rayburn building in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2007. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

In 1963, Eleanor Holmes Norton was a young civil rights activist who helped organize the March on Washington. Today she is the Congresswoman representing the District of Columbia.

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Monday, August 26, 2013
Demonstrators march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington approaches, what has and hasn’t been achieved between 1963 and now, particularly for black Americans?

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Monday, August 26, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963. (AP)

Experts familiar with the archive of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s pre-1963 manuscripts and letters say you can see the themes King outlined in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Congressman John Lewis. (Eric Etheridge)

When he was 23, Congressman John Lewis stood near Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He reflects on that day and shares his new graphic novel “March.”

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