Tens of thousands march, remembering King's 1963 dream but declaring: 'The task is not done"

  • Article by: SUZANNE GAMBOA , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 11:43 PM

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

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patasticAug. 24, 1312:53 PM

"Stand Your Ground" wasn't invoked in the Zimmerman case. People point out that there was a reference to "stand your ground" in the jury instructions. Here is what the jury instructions stated... "If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." So, if opponents of "Stand Your Ground" believe that it had a bearing in this case, then they must accept the FACT that the jury believed Zimmerman was attacked by Martin.

johndontAug. 24, 1312:59 PM

If Dr. King were alive today and was speaking at the National Mall today I hope he would say something like "Don't wait for equality to happen, go out and create your own equality. Go to school, work hard, be a good neighbor, if you fall down...that's ok, get back up and keep trying. It's amazing what a little effort will do for a person. There are many real examples where people have climbed to their own mountaintop."

denialoAug. 24, 13 1:21 PM

I see the signs about unfair jobs. Anyone know what the unemployment rate among african americans was prior to Obama taking office? Anyone have the figures now? Maybe they should direct their concerns to the president.

jonnoAug. 24, 13 1:55 PM

Anyone there have a Christopher Lane picture on their t-shirt, or has news of this senseless tragedy not yet hit the Beltway?

guffmanAug. 24, 13 2:32 PM

This will NEVER go away. Why? Because there is economic benefit to complaining. Those complaining want equality of OUTCOME not of OPPORTUNITY, which is what King preached. Get up, try hard, find a job, work it, educate yourself, move ahead. Simple. Stop waiting for people to come take MY money to give it to you for NOT working as hard as I have. Equal opportunity. Content of Character - judge people based on their behavior. I don't care what someone looks like. I only care how they act. I already honor Dr. King's legacy.

dighollywoodAug. 24, 13 4:04 PM

I have a dream that one day "all sides" of the gay issue will be able to maturely address their concerns with being censored or uninvited to "events" but it won't happen this year even if a "Reverend" > MLK Jr. is the one being memorialized > Donnie McClurkin, award-winning and internationally celebrated gospel recording artist and Christian minister, has claimed that he was uninvited from a MLK Memorial concert on Saturday in Washington, D.C. because Mayor Vincent C. Gray heeded the demands of gay rights activists who wanted him dropped from the event marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. McClurkin has previously shared that he believes God delivered him from the "sin of homosexuality" and that people with unwanted same-sex attractions can change.

tituspulloAug. 24, 13 8:57 PM

It never fails to amuse when the usual cast of bigots and xenophobes rush to their computer pretending to have any idea what Martin Luther King was all about, other than lamely twisting his vision in an attempt to justify their usual contempt for anyone that doesn't look or think like them.

censormaxxxxAug. 24, 1310:19 PM

tituspollo -- your message is clearly case in point of what MLK was speaking AGAINST.

sailing64Aug. 25, 13 8:25 AM

It is unfortunate that Dr. King is not alive today to speak for himself instead of people pretending they knew what his message implied. He was a great man that found for the equality of all people. I really am not certain that he was speaking for equality for all mankind's actions/behaviors.

kleindropperAug. 25, 13 9:02 AM

Sounds like the speeches yesterday were closer to a Klan rally than the dream of a color blind society MLK envisioned.


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