Civil rights leaders gather at State Capitol to remember King, speech
OKLAHOMA CITY – This week marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech and the historic civil rights march on Washington.
With the same spirit of peace and equal rights for all, hundreds gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol this weekend for a rally honoring King’s legacy and the progress he sparked for voting rights, job opportunities and rights for women.
Oklahoma activist Clara Luper was also mentioned.
She helped desegregate hundreds of Oklahoma restaurants by participating in lunch counter sit ins.
State Sen. Constance Johnson was one of the keynote speakers.
“We’ve got to get this dust stirred up,” she said. “We’ve got to make sure that the March on Washington is the March on Oklahoma beginning 2013. It’s 50 years later and there’s still a lot to be done.”
Meanwhile people from across the country converged on Washington D.C. for another march commemorating the civil rights milestone.
Among the speakers was Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, calling for reconsideration of “Make My Day” laws.