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Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on the National Mall in D.C. Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his historic "I Have a Dream" speech to 250,000 supporters.
King's famously soaring oratory punctuated the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a watershed moment for race relations in America that has been remembered in a series of events to culminate in an address from President Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- as well as celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx -- will be among a list of speakers who will address a nation that has made great strides in racial equality since King's "dream" remarks helped bring about landmark civil rights legislation.
Still, the country remains deeply divided over how much progress there has been toward racial equality in the half-century since the march. According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, fewer than half of Americans believe "substantial" progress has been made toward King's dream over the last 50 years. Among blacks, fewer than one-in-three say the same.