August 27, 2013 11:08 PM

Fifty years after King's speech, new generation stepping up

Today the nation will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with a "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony and Call to Action at the Lincoln Memorial, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stirred the nation with his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. President Barack Obama will deliver a speech in memory of the watershed moment, along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Local elected officials in attendance will include Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, his wife, Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Bishop, and State Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus. Smyre said Tuesday he was emotional about attending the anniversary of the march, which he missed because he was a high school student in Germany. "After 40 years in elected office, it was important for me to be here," he said Tuesday. "Elected officials like me owe a great deal of gratitude to those who made it possible for us to serve."

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