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The 50th Anniversary March on Washington was a march to commemorate the historic1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which demanded civil and economic rights for African Americans and included one of the most important speeches in American History, "I have a dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The March happened on the same day as the 1963 march, August 28th. Tens and thousands of participants came to Washington DC, listening as political and civil rights leaders gave speeches reflecting on the legacy of racial progress over the last half-century and asked citizens to move forward with pursuing further equality and fulfill King's dreams. President Barack Obama, the first black President in the U.S. history, along with King's offspring and other civil rights activists appeared and gave speeches at the March.