By Cherri Gregg
WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS) – It was a who’s who of the civil rights movement in Washington on Saturday as tens of thousands showed up for the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.
In the nation’s capital there was a message of hope, but also one of action.
“You cannot stand by, you cannot sit down, you’ve got to stand up, speak out,” Georgia Congressman John Lewis said.
Lewis’ speech on the urgency of fight for voting rights legislation roused the sea of humanity that stood before the Lincoln Memorial. Lewis, like other speakers, laid like Myrlie Evers, Martin Luther King III and Jessie Jackson laid out an agenda to help realize Dr. Kings dream.
“Our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays…,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
For those who attended the March, the day was a lesson in history and a call to action.
Events in Washington will continue and culminate with the official celebration of the March’s golden anniversary on Wednesday.