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People in Baton Rouge gather to commemorate Dr. King's famous speech

People in Baton Rouge gather to commemorate Dr. King's famous speech
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 5:34pm

It's been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at our nation's capitol, and Wednesday people came to the Capitol City.

Dozens gathered at the museum of African-American History downtown to remember the efforts of Dr. King. Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the owner of Odell S. Williams Museum of African-American History, who remembers King's march and his inspiring speech like it was yesterday.

"I was 19 years old, and I was actually living in New Orleans at the time, and it was absolutely awesome to be able to watch on television that march on Washington," Roberts-Joseph said.

Roberts-Joseph said she sat glued in front of her TV, while thousands of people came together in Washington D.C. to listen to Dr. King and march for change in 1963.

"Back in the 60s, it was not that common that we would have that kind of strength from black folks," Roberts-Joseph said. "So the 60s to me represent a time of change."

Roberts-Joseph said African-Americans have seen progress within their community over the past 50 years, including the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but there is still work to do.

"As Dr. King stood there and spoke so eloquently about that 'I Have a Dream' that's deeply rooted in the American Dream," Roberts-Joseph said. "Even when I look at this, this too, equality, hope, prosperity, jobs, education and still I say the fight is not over."

Mike McClanahan, the president of the Baton Rouge Area NAACP, agreed.

"Because sometimes we become complacent and think that everything's okay because we're not being prodded, We're not being beaten. We're not be hung, but those are only physical aspects because economically we still suffer," McClanahan said. "Because of lack of housing, we still suffer. Because the education system, we still suffer. 

Nearly 250,000 people witnessed King make history on the lawn of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. Ago of right nowm, Dr. King's speech is one of the top-ranked speeches in American History.   

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