Crowds Converge In Washington To Commemorate MLK’s ‘Dream’ Anniversary

Source: Carlo Dellaverson and Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News

Throngs of people descended on 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.

King’s soaring oratory, delivered to 250,000 supporters, punctuated the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a watershed moment for race relations in America that has been remembered in a week-long series of events, which will culminate in an address from President Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon.

Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx will be among a list of speakers who will address a nation that has made great strides in racial equality since King’s “dream” remarks helped bring about landmark civil rights legislation.

Organizers told The Associated Press that 200,000 people are expected to attend Wednesday’s event.

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