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Chicagoans commemorate the March on Washington

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On Saturday, Chicagoans gathered at DuSable Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

"I don't care how advanced your technology is, you still can't download freedom. There is no app for freedom," said Civil Rights Attorney Thomas Todd.

Todd talked of the problems of the past, some of which persist to this day including racism, discrimination and unemployment. However, he told the crowds they can help meet those challenges. "And so as we are 50 years later, freedom is still not free, equal is still not equality, fairness is still not equal… we can do what we need to do, but if we are going to do it, we must work and work," said Todd.

Jermaine Durning brought her two children from Matteson because it was a chance for them to learn more about history, and to see that the struggles Dr. King talked about are not over. However, she tells them that they have a chance to make a difference.

"I want my children to be inspired…and to take up a mantel of something that they feel passionate about… and make a difference and be contributors to this country," said Jermaine Durning.

"It's mind-blowing, I enjoyed this a whole lot, I love the idea of this," added Steve Durning.

Nine-year-old Zyon Nichols reenacted Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech, without any notes, as the inspiration passed from old to young and back again.

"It's time for us to stand up, we have to let the younger generation know that we are going to fight for them, and then we have to do it, said the President of the Chicago Urban League Andrea Zopp.

"It's time to not just remember Dr. King… Be like him and lets be the voice again of justice," added Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church.

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