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Marking 50 years since 'I Have a Dream'

Aug 28th, 2013 - National News

— Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington.

Today, people across the country are commemorating the event. The bells at churches and other buildings will ring in almost every state at 3 p.m. Eastern, to mark the hour King spoke to the crowd of hundreds of thousands.

President Barack Obama is among those scheduled to speak at today's commemoration in Washington.

The eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says blacks can rightfully celebrate his father's life and work with pride, but much more must be accomplished.

Martin Luther King III, preparing to join ceremonies Wednesday commemorating the 50th anniversary of his father's "I Have a Dream" speech, says the country should confront "staggering unemployment" among black males 18 to 30 years old.

He called Barack Obama's election as the first African-American president a major breakthrough for America. But King also told NBC's "Today" show in an interview that he believes young blacks today still "are first judged by their color and then the content of their character."

King said his father deftly used the lofty words of the Founding Fathers "to inspire, lift up and bring hope."

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