MLK Day: 'I Have A Dream' turns 50


This year marks the 50th anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech – the "I Have A Dream" address he gave from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., not far from where the nation's first black president is being inaugurated Monday. (Fox 9 has the text of the famous King speech.)

Monday is also the day the nation celebrates the Martin Luther King holiday. Across Minnesota from Morris to Duluth, people gathered for service projects and prayer in his honor.

It was a quirk of the calendar that the holiday and inauguration day fell on the same date, the Associated Press reported.

In Minneapolis, an annual breakfast was held at the convention center and drew an expected 2,000 people, WCCO reported. Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman was the keynote speaker at the event. She urged better protection and education for children, MPR reported.

On Sunday, two Minnesota professors in the Star Tribune examined how far the state has come in achieving King's vision of equality.

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