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The crowd at Santa Rita Park near 22nd and 4th Avenue grew pretty fast this evening. Car load, after car load jumped out and met in the parking lot.

Local residents met to honor and celebrate that 50 years ago today. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. They also marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington.

It was this day back in 1963, that over 250,000 supporters gathered at the mall in Washington D.C. to hear Dr. King speak. The famous speech called for jobs, equality and freedom.

Over 50 people gathered at Santa Rita Park. They marched down 4th Ave and turned left onto 13th street into Armory Park. The crowd grew even more at the start of the ceremony winch was expected to last a couple of hours.

Speakers included local politicians, community leaders and Betty Liggins. She was at the march and speech 50 years ago. Liggins was in her early 30's and was just impressed by the energy of the movement.

Liggins meet Dr. King a year or two before the speech, while she was living in Chicago. She credits Dr. King for advising her to go to school and earning a nursing degree.

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