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'I Have a Dream' speech remembered with march to Capitol

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PHOENIX -

Several organizations organized a walk Saturday to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

King delivered the speech on August 28, 1963.

Hundreds gathered in downtown Phoenix and marched for two miles until they reached the state Capitol.

A man at the march Saturday was also at the 1963 March on Washington.

He traveled from New York to hear Dr. King speak, but little did he know, the speech would be honored half a century later.

It was the speech that defined a movement.

Now 50 years later, hundreds of Arizonans commemorated the march on Washington by marching Saturday down Washington Street in Phoenix.

"People think it's a long time ago, but it's grandparents' lifetime and I think it's important to remember my grandparents' sacrifice and keep pushing ahead for progress," said Lauren Hillhouse, a marcher.

Among those that gathered was a a man who marched with Dr. King half a century ago.

"I was 18 years of age and it's a day I'll never forget," said Rev. Dr. Luther Holland.

Holland says he didn't know how pivitol the the march and Dr. King's speech would become.

"What he was doing was giving us a roadmap for the future," said Holland.

A future of equality and justice that many marchers said was far from being realized.

Speakers at the podium at the capitol called for everything from immigration reform to changes in voting rights policies.

The march also served as a call to action.

"It's apropo we also put the same demand on ourselves to look in the mirror and challenge oursleves to be better," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

The dream was articulated half a century ago and was remembered and passed to the next generation.

"What I think about is the fact that my children and grandchildren are living part of that dream," said Holland.

Marchers out Saturday commemorated the "I Have a Dream" speech and also used the event to protest a variety of policies, including stand your groung laws and immigration laws.

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