The event, which was sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Martin Luther King III, and the NAACP, featured a roster of speakers, including King, Sharpton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, the last living speaker from the historic 1963 day.
The speakers spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where 50 years ago this month King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Despite the fanfare of Saturday's rally, which packed the mall from the Lincoln Memorial back to the World War II Memorial, it was only a prelude. The actual anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington will occur on Wednesday, and it will be marked by another rally on the mall, including a speech from President Barack Obama, who, as America's 1st Black president, is heralded by many as a living legacy of Dr. King's dream.
Here is a series of pictures capturing the 1st day of the 2-day commemoration.
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Here is a report on the day from CBS News.