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March on Washington celebrates 50 years

James W. Wade III | 8/28/2013, 8:48 p.m.
These great orators stood firmly on the steps where Dr. King stood, outlined what they said were unfulfilled promises in ...
Rev. Al Sharpton, along with Martin Luther King III and other notable activists, marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo by James W. Wade III

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African American to hold that post, spoke about what we need to do moving forward. “Our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities. And of countless others across this great country who still yearn for equality. I know that in the 21st century we will see an America that is more perfect and more fair,” Holder said.

In the midst of all these great speakers, Cleveland, Ohio was well represented.

Margot J. Copeland, national president of the Links Inc., the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Congresswoman Marcia Fudge all spoke from the steps being part of this historic day.

“To quote Dr. King,” said Fudge, “‘the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy…’ It is time for us to get uncomfortable. It is time for us to be inconvenienced. We are living in a time of great challenge and great controversy. We cannot rest. We must not rest until our work is done. I am here to remind you that it is time for us to do something. To say something, to stand for something, to march for something, to go forward – always go forward. Civil rights is unfinished business. Each one of us needs to make it our business. Thank you.”

After all the speaking, Rev. Sharpton along with many other dignitaries marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was dedicated in 2011, becoming the first memorial on the National Mall dedicated to an individual who wasn’t a former president.