It was a warm August afternoon in 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his hopes and dreams of equality and freedom in a gripping “I Have a Dream” speech before 250,000 supporters who hung on to his every word.
"Before us, we couldn't rally like this without being bit by dogs and hosed down," William Martin said.
Fifty years later, a smaller crowd gathered Wednesday in Charlotte's Marshall Park. The crowd consisted of the young and the old, black and white, who all reflect on King's dream.
Through songs, prayers and speeches, many people at the rally admitted America has come a long way in 50 years but there is still a way to go to reach King's dream.
I'm happy to say that it's more frequent that people are integrated in jobs, Black people have more elevated jobs," Mary Myers said.
There were some who used the rally to send a message to the Raleigh legislature and protest lawmakers' actions.