Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington. Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and the NAACP sponsored the event that took place Saturday, August 24.
There was a wide array of speakers that included Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. who was there that momentous day in 1963 and has remained a civil rights champion. Other instrumental leaders of the movement like C.T. Vivian, Andrew Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others were also there. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin also spoke to the crowd.
During the speech, Martin Luther King III talked about his father's legacy. "Five decades ago my father stood upon this hallowed spot" and "crystallized like never before the painful pilgrimage and aching aspirations of African-Americans yearning to breathe free."
The actual anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington will occur on Wednesday,August 28 and there will be another rally on the mall, that will include a speech from President Barack Obama.