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March on Washington, 50 years later
WASHINGTON -- In 1963, hundreds of thousands marched on Washington for equality and freedom in the middle of the civil rights movement.
Today, 50 years later, thousands flocked to the same spot to celebrate some remarkable progress and reflect on a historic moment.
In 1963 few political leaders attended the event.
But today several members of congress and both Presidents Carter and Clinton joined President Obama.
President Obama speaking from same spot where dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a Dream speech," addressed both the progress in the last 50 years and the challenges that remain.
The measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago was not how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of the middle class life.
Just after President Obama spoke a bell rang out at exactly 3 pm to commemorate the moment when Doctor King uttered this famous phrase.