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50th anniversary of March on Washington celebrated in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Several hundred people gathered on Lexington's Courthouse square Wednesday evening as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.

The event featured more than a dozen speakers, many of them children.

"Doctor King inspired people to realize how bad discrimination really was," said one young man. "He had the courage to tell the world what he thought was wrong and what was right."

"Today is not only about commemorating the dream, but to advance it," said Lexington Urban League's P.G. Peeples.

On August 28 in 1963 a quarter of a million people took part in the march in Washington demanding civil rights and jobs.

"Today there is much to do, we need better jobs for all, we need to work hard for better education for all," said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

One idea that expressed throughout the event was that the work started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be completed by future generations.

"Let's not just give a lot of eloquent speeches, instead lets renew our commitment to the pursuit of the full realization of making Dr. King's vision of America come true," said activist Monica Hall.

The weekend before the anniversary a group of 33 people from Lexington made a trip to Washington to take part in the anniversary celebration. They were back in Lexington for Wednesday's event.


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