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City leaders mark 50th anniversary of march on Washington
Rochester, N.Y.- Wednesday morning, Rochester city leaders marked the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 civil rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Mayor Tom Richards was joined by City Council President Lovely Warren, community activist and civil rights advocate Dr. Walter Cooper, Reverend Fannie Reeves and the Mount Olivet Baptist Church Choir for the celebration at City Hall.
"Many of the advances we have made in Rochester and across the United States are because of the courage and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the hundreds of thousands who participated in the fight for civil rights," said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. "Fifty years ago, these men and women marched not only for racial equality, but for human rights and equality for all. Today we commemorate the March on Washington; we remember Dr. King and all of our nation's citizens who fought for civil rights and express humble gratitude for the change they set in motion."
Mayor Richards also announced Manhattan Square Park will be renamed the "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Square Park."