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Sweden, Aug. 26 -- Thousands have gathered in the US capital Washington to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King's famous 'I have a dream' on civil rights was made.

All the civil rights activists have come to Washington with concerns that include jobs, voting rights and gun violence.

According to reports they marched to the Lincoln Memorial and a new monument, the Martin Luther King Memorial.

The mother of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, who was shot dead in Florida last year, was among the speakers.

The acquittal of killer, Zimmerman sparked protests in more than 100 cities in the US. The commemoration activities have, in fact, already started before the actual anniversary of the original march on 28 August 1963.

King, who was assassinated in 1968, led about 250,000 to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall and delivered his historic speech which is considered by academics as the best ever in the 20th century.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are expected to join the first black president Barack Obama in the speeches to be made from the same platform from where the late King delivered his 'I have a dream!'.

To recall some of King's remarkable quotes, he said 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'

He also said 'I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality..I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word!'

However, one of his strongly worded quotes said 'We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools!' May peace prevail everywhere!

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Date:Aug 26, 2013
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