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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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Talmadge Hill of Randallstown, Maryland, left, talks with his wife Shirley Hill in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Talmadge Hill of Randallstown, Maryland, left, talks with his wife Shirley Hill in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

FBI’s Comey: ‘Tethered’ to Fidelity

James Comey, the new director of the FBI, was talking about bravery today. And also “fidelity.” While commending the bravery of the many agencies who rush into danger where others would fear to tread, he also cited the need for...

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) delivers remarks in front of a freedom bell during the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration event on August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) delivers remarks in front of a freedom bell during the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration event on August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Lewis, Obama Up Close at King’s March Plus 50

“That’s MY congressman! That’s MY congressman!” Beyond the claps and cheers greeting Georgia Rep. John Lewis’s introduction at the Lincoln Memorial today, one man’s voice in the crowd exuberantly claimed ownership of the welcome. He was, as some folks say,...

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the memorial.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the memorial.

Obama: King Changed America — ‘Eventually the White House’ Too

President Barack Obama, speaking from the same Washington stage where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a defining speech of the civil rights movement, said that even as the nation has been transformed, work remains in countering growing economic disparities. “To...

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Oprah Winfrey arrives during the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2013.

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Oprah Winfrey arrives during the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2013.

#MOW50: Oprah, Whitaker, Foxx

Celebrities marched on Washington 50 years ago. And celebrities arrived today to celebrate that march. “It took me 50 years, but I’m here, ” said actress and television entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, speaking on the National Mall today for the March...

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, on Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial.

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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, on Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial.

Jim Crow’s Children: Sharpton’s Eyes

Updated at 2:22 pm EDT In the run-up to President Barack Obama’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream, the rhetoric has been somewhat measured...

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President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington on Jan. 18, 2009.

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President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington on Jan. 18, 2009.

Obama: ‘The Dream of a King’

Fifty years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a quarter million people and a watching nation “to cash a check” — that “promissory note” of freedom for all which...

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to the stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to the stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on October 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Speech at Lincoln Memorial: `Won’t Be As Good’ as King’s

The lowering of that arc of expectations starts now: President Barack Obama will not be delivering Martin Luther King’s speech tomorrow, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “Let me just say for the record right now, it...

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A 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog on May 3, 1963.  On the afternoon of May 4, 1963, during a meeting at the White House with members of a political group, President Kennedy discussed this photo, which had appeared on the front page of that day's "The New York Times."

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A 17-year-old civil rights demonstrator, defying an anti-parade ordinance of Birmingham, Ala., is attacked by a police dog on May 3, 1963. On the afternoon of May 4, 1963, during a meeting at the White House with members of a political group, President Kennedy discussed this photo, which had appeared on the front page of that day's "The New York Times."

King’s March on Washington: I Have a Wiretap

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at which the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dream for redeeming that “promissory note” of freedom that the nation’s founders issued, his associates are...

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People visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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People visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech on the National Mall on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Virginians Divided on Racial Equality Progress

Virginia residents are optimistic about the future of racial equality even as they are divided on the progress made so far. Respondents split 45-44 percent on whether people today are judged by their skin color rather than their character, according...

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