50 years since King's dream

Tens of thousands of Americans have gathered at Washington's National Mall to commemorate 50 years since Martin Luther King made his I Have a Dream speech.

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50 years since Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream'

Tens of thousands of Americans are expected to gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., today to commemorate 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Around 250,000 civil rights demonstrators marching in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

The civil rights leader led around 250,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial on Washington's National Mall in 1963 and delivered his infamous speech from its steps.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to make a speech in the same spot later today as part of a nationwide commemoration of the event.

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Trayvon supporters join Martin Luther King march

The mother of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot dead in Florida last year, whose killer was recently acquitted, addressed a rally in Washington DC to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' speech on civil rights.

Marchers carried signs in remembrance of Trayvon during the anniversary commemoration.

Marchers carry signs in remembrance of Trayvon Martin during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. Credit: Reuters/James Lawler Duggan

Martin Luther King's son says 'still more to do'

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington yesterday commemorating the 50th anniversary of his "I Have a Dream" speech.

But there was a strong theme of unfinished business, with speakers lamenting what they see as new attacks on civil rights.

Rev. Al Sharpton (C) links arms with Rep. John Lewis (center L) (D-GA) next to Martin Luther King III (center R). Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

"This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration," said Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the murdered 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."

Martin Luther King's vision 'will be realised'

A US Congressman who was a young speaker at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial during Martin Luther King's march on Washington 50 years ago predicted that the civil rights leader's vision of a "truly multi-cultural society" will be achieved.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, John Lewis said: "We are on our way to what Dr King called 'the beloved community' - a truly multi-racial, democratic society."

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Thousands remember Martin Luther King speech

Thousands are marching in Washington to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech.

Marchers gather along the National Mall during the anniversary. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
Students of Howard University take part in the 'realise the dream' rally. Credit: Reuters/James Lawler Duggan
The Washington Monument is lit up before the start of the ceremony. Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

Congressman recalls marching with Martin Luther King

As the world begins its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream speech', US president Barack Obama outlined the way in which America's history of racial discrimination contributed to a persistent economic gap between blacks and whites.

And in an exclusive interview with ITV, Congressman John Lewis, who was a young speaker at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington, recalled those heady days of 1963.

He talked about the racial tensions that still exist in the US, but also his hopes for the future, and for what Martin Luther King described as the "beloved Community" of whites, blacks, latinos, asians and peoples of all races.

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