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Oprah: Dr. King's Voice Awakened The Conscience Of A Nation
- 08/28/2013 04:08 PM EDT U.S.
An estimated 200,000 people gathered again at the National Mall in spite of rain to honor the 50th anniversary of March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic speech. Commemorative speakers spoke of King's "dream" and what progress America has made or needs to make to be truly be an equal society.
Obama was joined at the Lincoln Memorial by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as speeches by Dr. King's children and Rep. John Lewis, who was present 50 years earlier.
Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, was only five months old when her father spoke at the civil rights march. In introducing the ringing of a freedom bell a 3pm, which commemorated the moment of Dr. King's original speech, she mirrored some of her father's famous words to apply today.
"If freedom is going to ring in Libya, in Syria, in Egypt, in Florida, we must reach across the table, feed each other," she said.