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Atlantans prepare for commemorative ‘March on Washington'

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It was 50 years ago this month that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington, making his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Sunday night a special dinner was held at the Carter Center to gear up for a commemorative march in Washington, DC, later this month.

Host Bernice A. King borrowed words from her father's famous dream speech to help engage the audience.

"Sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down at the table of brotherhood," said Bernice King.

She invited a captive audience to share in a meal and conversation about that dream.

The event is part of "America's Sunday Supper," a national program with Target stores and the Points of Light organization to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.

President Jimmy Carter told the audience the Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy played a major role in his becoming president and that his dream had life in his administration.

"As president, my most important visitors were from Georgia Coretta, Benjamin Mays and Daddy King [Martin Luther King Sr.]. They would come and tell me what I needed to do as president. They reminded me that MKL Jr. was for human rights and for peace," said Carter.

The night, which was about breaking bread and dialogue, included a panel with the likes of C.T. Vivian, who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights.

Jared Reeder and his sister were drawn to the event partly based on their special ties to the historic march 50 years ago.

"My mother and father were actually at the march. And then to actually be here to kind of become a part of it, it's just kind of resonates with me," said Reeder.

The commemorative March on Washington is set for Aug. 28 in the nation's capital.

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