50 years ago today, our nation experienced what would later be known as an important event, not only of the Civil Rights Movement, but also in American history.
This event was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech," both of which sparked political changes, our society forever.
Today, President Obama stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the very spot where Dr. King stood as he made his historic speech, celebrating the historic day with thousands of others. During a five-hour ceremony, thousands of attendees remembered the incredible influence that Dr. King, and the thousands of marchers who took part in the quest for equal rights 50 years ago, have had on history
"Because they kept marching, America changed," Obama said of the historic marchers during his speech. Other guests at today's ceremony included former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Representative John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia who is also the only surviving speaker from the 1963 march, spoke at the event. Two of Dr. King's children were also present.
Hearing the speech today is just as powerful as it was back then, and the message is still clear: we are all equal, and we all have the right to lead a life of fulfillment.
Though this historic event changed and shaped our nation's history, we have undoubtedly come a long way as a society. 50 years ago, at the height of the racial unrest during the Civil Rights Movement, few people would have imagined that there would be a man of African descent in the White House like there is today.
Though we have come a long way since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, there is still a great deal more work to do, as we continue to fulfill the ideals of King's speech.