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Anniversary of Dr. MLK’s Famous Speech Commemorated at Constitution Center

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(Soul singer Alexis P. Suter, center, sings songs performed at the 1963 March on Washington as part of the National Constitution Center's anniversary celebration.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

(Soul singer Alexis P. Suter, center, sings songs performed at the 1963 March on Washington as part of the National Constitution Center’s anniversary celebration. Credit: Pat Loeb)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech was celebrated locally today at the National Constitution Center.

The Greek chorus-style reading of Dr. King’s most famous speech is a regular feature of his birthday celebration at the Constitution Center, and program coordinator Jenna Winterle says they were happy for the chance to do it twice this year.

“The document that gives us our rights is what we celebrate here every day — the Constitution — and that’s what they were fighting for in 1963,” she notes.

In the audience, Henrik Eger rose to his feet for the closing hymn, “We Shall Overcome.”

“This moved me so deeply to see the next generation here, to continue in that spirit,” Eger told KYW Newsradio afterward. “Things have improved a lot, but a lot needs to be done.”

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