Phoenix commemorates 50th anniversary of March on Washington

PHOENIX - Nearly 50 years have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. 

This Saturday, the Maricopa NAACP, Arizona OIC, Greater Phoenix Urban League, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and the First Institutional Baptist Church will be organizing a march to commemorate the anniversary.

Valley resident Rev. Dr. Luther Holland was one of the hundreds of thousands of people surrounding the reflection pool outside the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

"It was electrifying. It was tear-jerking. I pulled my handkerchief out of my pocket and was wiping my eyes because I was crying, and I was trained as a young black man that men don't cry," explained Holland.

Holland believes that Dr. King's dream is partially coming true 50 years later, but has not fully developed yet.

"The dream is a portrait. Martin was painting a picture of what America was going to be. The oils are on the canvas but they haven't been arranged appropriately yet," Holland claims.

In order to help bring activists together and to connect the community, Holland will take part in the March this Saturday August, 28 on Washington Street. The march will begin at Tanner Chapel AME Church and end at the Arizona State Capitol lawn.

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