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Hundreds prepare for 50th anniversary of March on Washington

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People took part in the Global Expo at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the neighboring King Center.

The daylong festival-style event was a chance for locals to gear up for the 50th anniversary commemorative March on Washington later this month.

People braved the rain for a chance to remember a civil rights leader and his historic speech.

"I really enjoyed the film. We just looked at the March on Washington," said spectator Ronald Williams.

The year was 1963, and King's mission was about jobs and freedom.

That same theme took center stage at Saturday's Global Expo.

The event brought together everyday people with global organizations like UNICEF, which works to make a difference in the lives of people.

"What we are doing is minimal compared to the sacrifices that they made," said Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.

King took time to remember not only her father's work but the sacrifices of those who stood beside him.

"Starting in Montgomery [AL] when they walked for 381 days." said King. "Many of them put their jobs, their lives, their families, their homes on the line."

Martin Luther King Jr.'s nonviolent and charismatic approach to change got the attention of the nation.

Georgia state Sen. Nan Grogan Orrock was at the march.

She told CBS Atlanta News that as a student working in Washington, DC, the march taught her more than any textbook.

"I was taught civics, democracy and freedom and liberty and justice for all. The march lifted up the fact that we didn't have liberty and justice for all," said Orrock.

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

CBS Atlanta News will be there.

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