On this day in 1963, Two hundred thousand people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
President Obama will speak at the commemoration today (August 28th) marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, delivering his remarks from the same steps of the Lincoln Memorial where King spoke 50 years ago during the 1963 March on Washington. In an interview yesterday on the Tom Joyner radio show, Obama said that he imagines King, quote, "would be amazed in many ways about the progress that we've made." However, he noted that King's speech was also about jobs and justice and said, "When it comes to the economy, when it comes to inequality, when it comes to wealth, when it comes to the challenges that inner cities experience, he would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we've made, and that it's not enough just to have a black president."
Here is the speech in its entirety: