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March on Washington: ‘We cannot give up’

Tens of thousands gathered at the same spot Saturday in Washington to listen to leaders speak at the same spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his racial harmony, “I have a dream” speech’  to a divided country 50 years ago.

Several leaders praised the accomplishments from the Civil Right’s movement, but said King’s work was far from done.  The only surviving speaker from the original 1963 march,  Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.,  reminded those that the fight must continue.

“We cannot give up. We cannot give out. And we cannot give in,” Lewis said, calling on Congress to put back into the law the crucial elements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down.

“The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred,” he said.

Scenes from the March on Washington.
(All photos by Carl Woodward)

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