Hoosiers celebrate 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech

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INDIANAPOLIS  – Hoosiers gathered at a park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech Wednesday.

A large crowd gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. park in Indianapolis as a part of ‘The March for the American Dream’.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his speech on Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, where people urged for civil rights equality.

Donald Hobbs was 36 years old and attended the march in 1963. He went with the NAACP. He said he wanted rights in his own city.

“You know, Indianapolis wasn’t what it should’ve been ‘cause we had a lot of discrimination,” Hobbs said.

Now at almost 86 years old, Hobbs believes society has come a long way.

“We got a lot to do. I mean everything is political,” Hobbs said.

Congressman Andre Carson spoke to the crowd about his vision.

“We must decide where to pick up the missing pieces. Dr. King’s speech is within reach, but it’s up to you and me,” Carson said.

Many people who attended Wednesday’s event, expressed a desire to continue the dream Dr. King spoke about so many years ago.

“As unemployment has doubled for African Americans and is nearly six times higher for our young people, we must keep marching,” Carson said.

The March for the American Dream was organized by the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, Inc. It honors non-violence and peace.