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Has it come true?: Civil-rights backers gather to remember, realign their forces

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WASHINGTON — Taking stock of progress both made and still to come, Americans of all backgrounds and colors massed on the National Mall today to hear President Barack Obama and civil rights pioneers commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the same spot where he gave unforgettable voice to the struggle for racial equality 50 years earlier.

It was a moment rich with history and symbolism: the first black president poised to stand where King first sketched his dream.

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