On 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream,' Minnesotans march, reflect

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A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered Wednesday in St. Paul to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, with a march that began at 11 a.m. in Boyd Park and ended up at the Capitol.

KSTP-TV reports Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison joined leaders and groups in the local march, and Channel 5 also has text of remarks Ellsion released before the event.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, the University of Minnesota rang bells over its emergency broadcast system into every building on campus at 2 p.m., according to Fox 9. The station also has links to video and text of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s watershed speech.

KARE 11 talks to Max Fallek, 83, of Saint Louis Park, who was one of 58 Minnesotans in an official delegation to the 1963 March. They had boarded a Northwest Orient Prop airliner at 4:30 a.m. in the Twin Cities for the four hour flight to the nation's capital.

KARE 11 also quotes a speech given by Ellison, who said, among other things: "Because you guys will never see a 'whites only' sign, because other people before you made sure that we got rid of them.

"Because those people made that sacrifice for you, you have a duty, obligation and responsibility to make this world better for the next generation."

The Associated Press reports that tens of thousands of Americans of all backgrounds and colors thronged to the National Mall to join the nation's first black president and civil rights pioneers in marking the 50th anniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" speech. President Obama urged each of them to become a modern-day marcher for economic justice and racial harmony.

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