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Reflecting On The March On Washington In 2013

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They came by the tens of thousands to reflect on the 1963 March on Washington 50 years later.

 The crowd of more than 100,000  that overflowed along the reflecting pool represented every slice of american life.

"I was a little boy back in 1963, and I said then, I want to be a part of history like that, and here I am," Curtis Davis of California said.

Speaker after speaker reminded the throngs why this anniversary was so important to recognize.

" We come to our nation's capital to reflect on mistakes of the past, the progress that's been made, and the

 dynamic transformation of this country," a voice announced over the loud speaker.

But unlike the 1963 march where nearly every sign said "March for jobs and freedom",  this time around there were many more issues people were passionate about, like voting rights, immigration reform,

"There must be equality for our children of the future," Veronica Murrain of Atlanta Georgia said.

"No profiling for our children."

Georgia Congressman John Lewis, one of the last of the major speakers from the 1963 rally who is still alive today, urged the crowd to fight the Supreme Court decision that nullified much of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 " I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma Alabama, and I am I not going to stand by and let them take the

 right to vote away from us,"Lewis said.

Keynote speaker Al Sharpton told the crowd there is much more to do in the areas of jobs and equality, and  giving a hand to those who need it.

" They have money to bail out the banks, They have money for the one percent," Sharpton says. "If they can't take care Headstart and our government workers, we're going to make them

 close down the bank."

As the day wore on, one message seemed to resonate with many who came to Washington 50 years later--they need to keep on marching.

" It's going to be hard. It may take another 50 years, but every little bit helps," a UAW member who made the trip from Saginaw Michigan said.

Retired history teacher and NEA member Harry Klugel who was here 50 years ago and again today.. put it in perspective.

" The March energized people back then to try and make government work for them," Klugel says. " Maybe this March

will have the same effect."

A message John Lewis delivered with the same heat today.. as he did in 1963.

 " I got arrested 40 times during the 60's, beaten and left bloodied and unconscious," he said. "But I'm not tired. I am ready to fight and continue to fight, and you must fight."

President Obama will speak at a ceremony on the actual day of the anniversary of the I have a Dream Speech, Wednesday, August 28th.

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