Nation marks 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech
Posted at: 08/28/2013 7:28 AM
| Updated at: 08/28/2013 7:33 AM
By: Tracie Potts, NBC News
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech.
There are big events planned around the country--especially in Washington.
There will be a march through downtown Washington, speakers and performances leading up to a speech by President Obama.
Bells will ring across the country today, but none more significant than the bell that rang in 1963 at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama--the morning the church was bombed and four little girls were killed.
It's been brought to Washington for today's ceremony. "I just wanted to be part of this event and just live out the dream," Constance Richardson said.
Like Saturday, tens of thousands are expected to pack the National Mall today.
Some, like Amanda Hawkins, were here 50 years ago: "I don't think our generation today our kids and grandkids--more specifically our grandkids--realize what this really symbolizes," she said.
"Some of the things I didn't learn about in school but only read from other people and I just wanted to be here to get the chance to experience that," Vanessa Douglas said.
The stage is set for a four-hour program here today - including Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama. "I would hope he will talk about how we continue to work together as a community to continue to embody the ideals of Dr. King and to see that dream really fulfilled in our lifetime," Leah Daughtry said.
Daughtry, the woman who organized today's march, was just one day old when Dr. King spoke the words, "I have a dream..."
Four words that continue to ring 50 years later.