Fifty years later.
They came from as near as Baltimore and as far as Tokyo. They came despite swampy heat and intermittent rain. They came braving heat exhaustion to stand in endless lines before the Secret Service checkpoints. They came in memory of lost loved ones. They came in recognition of ongoing struggle. They came in honor of the great man and the great thing he said. Oscar winners and Grammy winners came. Union leaders and activists came. Three presidents came. Janitors and students came. One man came playing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on his harmonica.
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