50 years after King, marchers gather again in DC

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Next week, the nation’s first black president will stand near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years ago and talk about where he believes this nation should be headed in the push for equality.

Then, like King, President Barack Obama will step away and resume dealing with where this nation is now.

Observances of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington begin in earnest Saturday with a demonstration led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and King’s son, Martin Luther King III. Obama, as well as former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, will participate in a march on Wednesday.

The original march was held Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial, and drew 250,000 people. It is where King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech.

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