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It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and delivered his iconic 'I Have A Dream' speech.

That day, thousands marched in solidarity for civil rights. Five decades later, tens of thousands gathered at that same spot including, president Obama and king's family.

"On that day, Martin achieved greatness because he melded the hopes and dreams of millions into a grand vision appealing reconciliation and brotherhood," said King's sister Christine King Farris.

While thousands in Washington celebrated the 50th Anniversary of MLK's 'I Have A Dream' speech, dozens gathered here at the Federal Courthouse in Erie to remember Dr. King's dream, and hope that the same dream will come true for the immigrants in our country.

"I'm here to lend my support to them because once upon a time, me being a black man, it was my family that was under the gun," said Darnell Stallworth of Erie. "So we all need to stick together."

Just as they did 50 years ago for racial equality, these demonstrators are hoping for the same rights for today's immigrants.

"The fact that many people came and said we want civil rights, that's what these people want," said Sister Marlene Bertke, of the Benedictine Sisters. "They want to live humanely the same as our black brothers and sisters wanted to." 

While America has come a long way in the fight for civil rights, many say that fight is far from over.

"We don't need to fight at home, we need to get along at home," said Stallworth. "That starts with being equal. Everybody, everyone is created equal, so we need to try and treat each other as such." 
 
More than 100 bells rang out throughout the country this afternoon at the exact minute that King delivered his speech 50 years ago. One of those locations was Allegheny College.

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