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Preparations are underway for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

6:14 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (NBC NEWS) -- Thousands of people will once again fill the national mall tomorrow for the culmination of a week's worth of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington" and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech.

Today organizers were hammering away on the final touches to tomorrow's ceremony navigated around curious tourists.

They stopped often to photograph their progress on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Thousands of people have come to Washington to commemorate Martin Luther king's 1963 call for justice and equality.

"You get a chance to own it because we are still living it," said Vanessa Douglas who is visiting from Greensboro, North Carolina.

"We have gotten a long way but we still haven't completed the journey yet," said Mary Blackwell of Tampa, Florida.

The spot where M.L.K. gave his iconic speech is marked in stone and tomorrow President Obama will stand in that same place and address the nation before what is expected to be a packed National Mall.

Armanda Hawkins of Memphis, Tennessee was one of thousands who marched 50 years ago.

"I came this time to commemorate and thank god letting me be here to see the 50th anniversary," said Hawkins.

Security will be much tighter than on Saturday when tens of thousands of people filled the National Mall.

In addition to President Obama, Presidents Clinton and Carter will also speak reflecting on King's legacy and the work that remains.

 

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