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50th anniversary of the March on Washington in photos

Thousands gathered at the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Speakers including Martin …
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Thousands gathered at the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Speakers including Martin … Read More

Thousands gathered at the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Speakers including Martin Luther King III and Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who was the youngest speaker at the 1963 march, encouraged the crowd to continue fighting for social justice. Attorney General Eric Holder kicked off the celebration, acknowledging the work of civil rights leaders from the Martin Luther King, Jr. era.

“But for them, I would not be Attorney General of the United States and Barack Obama would not President of the United States of America,” Holder said.

The president will deliver an address from the Lincoln Memorial Thursday at 3 p.m., the exact hour King gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech.

Marchers commemorate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington on Agust 24, 2103, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

People arrive at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Martin Luther King III waves to the crowd after speaking during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Marchers hold hands in prayer at the end of the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, August 24, 2013. (Photos by Larry Downing/Reuters)

Denise K. Smith, 58, of Bristol, Pa, arrives at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

People arrive at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

People arrive at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Dancers from the Impact Repertory Theater perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington August 24, 2013. (Photo by James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March in Washington August 24, 2013. (Photo by James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

Students of Howard University march from campus to the Lincoln Memorial to participate in the Realize the Dream Rally for the 50th anniversary of the March in Washington August 24, 2013. (Photo by James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)

U.S. Park Police watch over the Lincoln Memorial during sunrise early in the morning before the start of the ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, August 24, 2013. (Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters)

The Washington Memorial is lit in the early morning as people gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)