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WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 100 people from the valley joined thousands of others from around the country in Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the march on the nation's capitol.

It was here that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic and empowering "I Have A Dream" speech in which he longed for the day when his four children would live in a nation where they won't be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

Among the crowd marching in Dr. Kings footsteps, 17-year-old Chaney High School student Sarina Chatman who told 21 News, "I have a dream that one day all the youth will understand the importance if the civil rights movement."

The crowd marched peacefully to commemorate the 50th anniversary and continued to give a voice to the remaining challenges such as voters rights issues, jobs, and justice.

But some feel the dream has been realized. Like Kay Mayhew of Youngstown who said, "So many people weren't even born yet. They just don't realize how far we have come."

Others say that equality for everyone under the law is something so many are still fighting for, and it's time for the next generation step up and lend their voices. "We need to make sure that  for the young people that dream happens.", said Robert Faulkner of Warren.  

Flo Lawson of Atlanta was a witness to history back on August 28th, 1963. Now she has witnessed and relived that moment in time again. "I cannot explain it. Every time I hear his closing remarks, free at last. Something just touches my heart.", said Watkins.

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