It has been 50 years since the civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. gave voice to the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. And as tens of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, more gathered here in the Capital Region, taking part in a march that mirrored Dr. King's. Erin Vannella has more.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Walking in the spirit of the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., Albany takes freedom in stride, not for granted.
"People, good people of the world are standing up and saying we need to remember this and do something about it," said Pastor Paul Webster of Albany.
"The fact that we're all here together, marching together in the community for the same reasons to change the same things, I think that's powerful," said march organizer Jessica Dowsett.
But the message then, as now, is for justice. A human right, Professor Colia Clark and others say, not a privilege.
"The unemployment rate is several points higher now than when they marched 50 years ago. The poverty levels are higher now that when they marched 50 years ago," said Dowsett.
"Certainly there's been changes. I no longer ride at the back of the bus. I ride at the front, but the real issue of the march is jobs and employment, housing," said Clark.
Clark and her husband drummed up support for Martin Luther King Jr.'s freedom march that summer in New York City. And appearing before his likeness in Lincoln Park 50 years later, surrounded by others with shared history, she says her spirit is stronger than her feet.
"It's time for those who are 12 and up to pick up their agenda for leadership and take it forward. We have come a long way but honey we've got a mighty long way to go," said Clark.