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People celebrating the March on Washington locally

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Local residents and out-of-state tourists visited the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the King Center on Saturday looking to connect with 50th anniversary of the March on Washington as it approaches this coming Wednesday.

Jamie Cole visited from Memphis, TN.

"I wish I could be there because Martin was great man. He was great leader," said Cole.

CBS Atlanta News was there as local celebrations of the march kicked off weeks ago with events at the nearby Carter Center. It was followed by the Global Expo at the National Historic Site and the King Center.

Both events highlighted Dr. King's nonviolent push for jobs and freedom.

It's something many like Montaleto Irby of Atlanta hope isn't lost when it comes to young people.

"I always think about the term nonviolent and how we have gotten away from that and how we need to get back to that, especially for our children's sake," said Irby.

Monsenior Francis X. Blood from St. Louis, MO, visited the center with friends now living in Atlanta.

"All that Dr. Kng went through to help all of us know how things needed to be and weren't - it's just tremendous. We can never forget that if we want to live as a truly free nation," said Blood.

The MLK Jr. National Historic Site and the King Center are open  seven days a week.

The Ceremonial March on Washington is set to take place on Wednesday at the nation's capital in Washington, DC.

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