Over the past several days, thousands of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C., to recall and relive the historic Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ordinary Americans of all ages and races stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, listening to speaker after speaker pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose famous “I Have a Dream” speech remains the rhetorical touchstone in the fight for justice and equal opportunity.
Today it was President Barack Obama’s turn to touch the hearts of those assembled. In a rather subdued speech that seemed intent on not trying to overshadow King’s legacy, the president affirmed the civil right leader’s central message, saying, “The promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. We’ll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago.”
The Reporter’s Sophia Allison traveled last weekend to Washington with a busload of Chicagoans for a day of 50th anniversary festivities. In the video below she captures the reflections of the travelers and images from the trip.