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    Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
    Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Nearly 50 years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and on Saturday, hundreds of people in the metro came together to commemorate the March on Washington to remember his message.

The Minneapolis rally is just a precursor to the 50th anniversary of that very key event in civil rights history.

On Saturday, hundreds marched to the rally at the Urban League while thousands across the country took to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to remember the fight for jobs and freedom in 1963.

A march from Sabathany Church to MLK Park park aims to raise awareness about the issues many believe halt Dr. King's dream from coming to full fruition.

"Gaps of inequality that would prevent African Americans and minorities of color as well as the poor to exercise their right to vote -- that gap must be closed," a speaker at the rally said.

Texas' recently adopted voter ID law is among the forefront of concern and discussion. As the Justice Department prepares to sue the state, the department calls the law "discrimination," and a law put in place to deny or restrict the right to vote on account of race.

"It does have very ugly effects on different racial groups, senior citizens, new Americans, young people and plus, what problem is it designed to correct? None." Rep. Keith Ellison said.

Inequality exists, and a push for justice ensues, and so long as these facts remain true, commemorating the March on Washington is just as important as it was in the 60s

"Martin Luther King's dream still has not been fulfilled and this is what we're working toward," a Minneapolis rally participant said.

"This is something that I feel is sacred an obligation to uphold and remember," Rep. Ellison said.

More than 250,000 people attended the original March on Washington. President Obama is scheduled to speak on Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial - the exact anniversary of the March on Washington.

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