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'King gave a mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions'

US President Barack Obama has addressed an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

Speaking at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, where the civil rights leader stood fifty years before, he said:

"We rightly and best remember Dr King's soaring oratory that day, how he gave a mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions".

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Thousands pay homage to Luther King's dream

Fifty years ago, up to 250,000 Americans marched into Washington to hear Martin Luther King declare his dreams for the future. It was a speech that defined the civil rights movement.

Today, thousands have returned to Lincoln Memorial to remember the day that became a catalyst for reform in the United States.

ITV News' Special Correspondent Rageh Omaar reports.

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He told the crowd: "I wasn't here 50 years ago...we all have a duty to make sure the world keeps dreaming for better things".

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Over 200,000 were present for 'I Have A Dream' speech

On the 28th August 1963, over 200,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King addressed the crowd with his historic 'I Have A Dream' speech.

Demonstrators with placards marched to the heart of Washington DV to demand equal rights Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

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Crowds dip their feet in the famous reflecting pool which lies between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
Thousands gathered for Martin Luther King's historic 'I Have A Dream' speech Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

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Bells ring for Martin Luther King in Trafalgar Square

A peal of bells marked 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered his historic I Have A Dream speech in London's Trafalgar Square at 3pm this afternoon.

Across the world today nations are paying tribute to the black civil rights leader who urged the world to "let freedom ring" as he addressed a rally of 200,000 people in Washington in 1963.

Dozens of young people took part in the Trafalgar Square event as part of The Dream Series, Director Natalie Wade said:

"Fifty years on and it's hard not to be inspired by the Martin Luther King speech and the March on Washington."

Obama says he owes his success to Martin Luther King

President Barack Obama said his success in attaining the US's highest political office is a testament to the dedication of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists.

Later today, Obama will speak on the same spot that King delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech 50 years ago.

US President Barack Obama.
US President Barack Obama said he owes his success to Martin Luther King and others. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"When you are talking about Dr. King's speech at the March on Washington, you're talking about one of the maybe five greatest speeches in American history," Obama said in a radio interview yesterday.

"And the words that he spoke at that particular moment, with so much at stake, and the way in which he captured the hopes and dreams of an entire generation I think is unmatched."

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