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Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech remembered

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(WLBT)- On this day, back in 1963, the phrase "I Have A Dream" echoed through Washington, D.C.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 200,000 people.

The demonstrators held a peaceful Civil Rights rally, demanding voting rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and an appeal to end racial segregation and discrimination. That was 47 years ago.

Saturday a couple dozen people gathered at the Council of Federated Organizations Building in Jackson to remember the historic event.

As a young man of 22, Mississippi native Hollis Watkins traveled to Washington D.C. to march.

"It was exciting to me in that we had been able to mobilize such large number of people to come together in a march to fight for something we deserved and had a right to," Watkins said.

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