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Minnesotans honor Rev. Martin Luther King's dream 50 years later


Fifty years after Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his "I have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, Minnesotans will gather here at home and in Washington, D.C. to celebrate one of the nation's most important moments in the history of the civil rights movement.

KARE 11 reports that community leaders will hold a rally at the Minneapolis Urban League today. The rally, which begins at approximately 12:45 p.m., will include speeches, food, music and children's book giveaways, the station reports.

In the spirit of the original march five decades ago, two groups will march from two different locations and converge at the Urban League headquarters located at the corner of Plymouth and Penn. One group will march from the Cub Foods parking lot at 701 Broadway and another from the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers at 67 8th Avenue Northeast.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports that several dozen Minnesotans will be at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. today to take part in the celebrations there. The group boarded a bus Friday morning at Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis.

The Strib reports Hattie Bonds, a retired Minneapolis school principal who organized the bus ride as part of the National Action Network, says the march is more than a commemoration of history.

“We’re still struggling with jobs, justice, Dr. King’s dream,” Bonds tells the paper. “It’s important for us to say, ‘Look, we have not arrived just because we have an African-American president.’ Let’s stay focused and help our country to grow and get better.”

The Strib also reports that a large contingent of the Minneapolis bus riders are postal union workers. The paper says that their presence suggests that many supporters see the march as part of a broader labor struggle that includes blacks and whites.

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