5 Inspirational Images From the 50th Anniversary March On Washington

On Saturday, thousands gathered at the National Mall in the U.S. capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Speakers including Martin Luther King III and Democratic Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), who, at 23-years of age, was the youngest speaker at the 1963 march, encouraged the crowd to continue fighting for social justice. Attorney General Eric Holder kicked off the celebration, acknowledging the work of civil rights leaders from the Martin Luther King, Jr. era.

President Barack Obama will deliver an address from the Lincoln Memorial Thursday at 3 p.m., the exact hour King gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech.

Many used the march to shine light on today's social problems. Fifity years after the historic March on Washington, these photos show we are still battling for civil rights.

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Jacqueline Coplen

Jacqueline “Jacqui” Coplen is a student at Allegheny College, where she double majors in Political Science and Spanish and minors in Communication Arts. She is also a Fellow at the college's Center for Political Participation, an Army ROTC Cadet, a Resident Advisor, a member of the Allegheny Equestrian Team, and a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

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