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Rally, march held in Albany 50 years after March on Washington


ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rally and march was held in Albany Wednesday to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

With hands joined, singing "We Shall Overcome," political leaders, civil rights activists, and every day Americans walked to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision.

"When the March happened, I wasn't even a thought in my parents mind," said participant Chadwick Morgan.

But Morgan says even 50 years later he knows how important Dr. King's words were.

Nearly 100 people chanted as they walked from the Empire State Plaza to Lincoln Park to hear messages on social justice, more jobs, and unity from speakers like Colia Clark.

In 1963 Colia Clark says she was organizing people to gather in Washington, but months before she too had suffered a personal tragedy at the hands of racism

"I had just been beaten at Birmingham in May," she said.

But she says Dr. King gave her hope.

"He was challenging the nation to look at your morals and ethical standards, all.

As old and young held hands, speakers like Clark said there is still more work to be done to make Dr. Kings vision a reality.

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