Grand Junction honors MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Wednesday marked the 50 year anniversary to the day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a quarter of a million people in Washington D.C.

As it turns out, Grand Junction resident Reverend Muzz Ebright was there on that historic day half a century ago.

"As I look back on it, I realize it was important," Ebright said. "It hasn't accomplished as much quite as we'd like, but it did accomplish something."

An impromptu gathering also took place on the corner of Main and 4th street, to join in on a national movement.

Dozens showed up to hear out the entirety of the speech, as well as to ring bells as a symbol of solidarity.

"Fifty years ago today the March on Washington was such a significant event in American history, uniting people of color with people of all races in a fight for freedom, jobs, opportunity and equality," Nature Johnston, who led the reading, said.

Johnston said it was important for western Colorado to have some kind of recognition event, as the state was mentioned in the actual speech: "Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado!"

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