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2:38 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Commemorated at City Hall

Dozens of people gathered at City Hall at noon for a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Rochester Mayor Tom Richards says the words of Dr. King's speech endure today, and he was a remarkable man at a unique and challenging time in this country.

City Council President Lovely Warren said she's a recpient of the results of Dr. King's Dream.
And activist Dr. Walter Cooper, who was there for the march in 1963, said it was a spiritual experience he'll never forget.

But he also said it's time we recommit to the dream.

During today's event, Mayor Richards announced he's in the process of renaming downtown's Manhattan Square Park as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Square Park."

That announcement was greeted by a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Here's some video of the Mount Olive Baptist Choir performing at the commemoration.