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  • President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President Jimmy Carter and former President Bill Clinton wave as they leave.

      President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President Jimmy Carter and former President Bill Clinton wave as they leave.
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  • Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The bell at rear rang at the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. which was bombed 18 days after the March On Washington killing four young girls.

      Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The bell at rear rang at the 16th St Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. which was bombed 18 days after the March On Washington killing four young girls.
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  • Brianna Renner, 11, left, and Morgan Koroma, 11, both from Cora Rich Elementary School in Prince Georges County, Md., read and write down quotes from Martin Luther King's speeches and writings, inscribed on the wall at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington.

      Brianna Renner, 11, left, and Morgan Koroma, 11, both from Cora Rich Elementary School in Prince Georges County, Md., read and write down quotes from Martin Luther King's speeches and writings, inscribed on the wall at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington.
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  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi Mayor Johnny L. DuPree, Secretary, National Council of Black Mayors, speaks.

      Hattiesburg, Mississippi Mayor Johnny L. DuPree, Secretary, National Council of Black Mayors, speaks.
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  • President Barack Obama speaks.

      President Barack Obama speaks.
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  • Allie Santiago of Houston, left, Brenda Reid of Bronx, N.Y., second from left, Caril Howard of North Chesterville, Va., and Jo Ann White Thompson of Goldsboro, N.C., listen to a musical performance.

      Allie Santiago of Houston, left, Brenda Reid of Bronx, N.Y., second from left, Caril Howard of North Chesterville, Va., and Jo Ann White Thompson of Goldsboro, N.C., listen to a musical performance.
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  • Chairs, metal risers and video screens are set up at the Lincoln Memorial in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington celebrations.

      Chairs, metal risers and video screens are set up at the Lincoln Memorial in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington celebrations.
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  • Three women who attended previous Marches on Washington, from left, Armanda Hawkins of Memphis, Vera Moore of Washington, and Betty Waller Gray of Richmond, Va., (holding sign) listen to the speakers.

      Three women who attended previous Marches on Washington, from left, Armanda Hawkins of Memphis, Vera Moore of Washington, and Betty Waller Gray of Richmond, Va., (holding sign) listen to the speakers.
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  • Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday.

      Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday.
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  • Entertainer Natalie Grant performs at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Entertainer Natalie Grant performs at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Fred Maahs, chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Fred Maahs, chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • A light rain falls as LeAnn Rimes sings "Amazing Grace" to prepare for her performance during the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      A light rain falls as LeAnn Rimes sings "Amazing Grace" to prepare for her performance during the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the conclusion of the the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the conclusion of the the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The march was part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The march was part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton arrive at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton arrive at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Participants walk in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The march was part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Participants walk in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The march was part of the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Betty Waller Gray of Richmond, Va., who attended previous March's on Washington, listens to the speakers.

      Betty Waller Gray of Richmond, Va., who attended previous March's on Washington, listens to the speakers.
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  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Members of the Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church hold a bell ringing ceremony in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The ceremony honors the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the "I Have a Dream" speech by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was pastor at this church in 1954.

      Members of the Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church hold a bell ringing ceremony in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The ceremony honors the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the "I Have a Dream" speech by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was pastor at this church in 1954.
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  • Nyla Washington, 10, of Little Rock, Ark., holds a poster she made showing Rev. Martin Luther King at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Hundreds gathered at the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

      Nyla Washington, 10, of Little Rock, Ark., holds a poster she made showing Rev. Martin Luther King at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Hundreds gathered at the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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  • With Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton, and Tracy Martin, and Mark Barden, father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, Peter Yarrow, left, and Paul Stookey, right, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington .

      With Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton, and Tracy Martin, and Mark Barden, father of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Daniel Barden, Peter Yarrow, left, and Paul Stookey, right, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington .
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  • Jeanne Smiley of Montgomery, Ala., holds her bell during ceremonies honoring the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream" speech in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.

      Jeanne Smiley of Montgomery, Ala., holds her bell during ceremonies honoring the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream" speech in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
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  • The Maori Dancers perform at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      The Maori Dancers perform at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • The Maori Dancers perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington .

      The Maori Dancers perform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington .
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  • President Barack Obama talks with Yolanda Renee King, 5, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., her mother Arndrea Waters, and Martin Luther King III, right, after speaking.

      President Barack Obama talks with Yolanda Renee King, 5, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., her mother Arndrea Waters, and Martin Luther King III, right, after speaking.
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  • Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C.

      Patricipants hold a sign while walking in the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C.
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  • Laura Turner Seydel speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Laura Turner Seydel speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Entertainer Natalie Grant performs at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Entertainer Natalie Grant performs at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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  • Audience members wear ponchos in a light rain during the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

      Audience members wear ponchos in a light rain during the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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  • President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, waves at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

      President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, waves at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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  • NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

      NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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  • Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

      Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
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  • Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton arrive at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

      Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton arrive at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.
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