Thousands of participants crowded the National Mall on Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Civil rights leaders and politicians took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to talk about dreams realized and the fight we still face. Take a look at some notable quotes from the day’s speakers.
“But let us remember 50 years ago — some came to Washington, having rode the back of buses. Some came to Washington — they couldn’t stop and buy a cup of coffee till they got across the Mason-Dixon line,” Rev. Al Sharpton said. “Some came having seen their friends shed blood. But they came to Washington, so we could come today in a different time and a different place and we owe them for what we have today.” (Photo: REUTERS/Larry Downing)