Today marks the 50th anniversary of the 'March on Washington,' when nearly a quarter million people trailed the National Mall to demand change and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“His indelible words, a watershed moment in the civil rights movement,” reports CNN's Don Lemon.
A major celebration is planned there Wednesday, bringing together thousands of spectators, former presidents, politicians and dozens of stars to commemorate those now-famous words.
CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who helped to pull the event together, says she wants to hear the president remind the country that there is still a long way to go toward full equality.
“President Obama acknowledges that, while a lot of progress has been made, King would not be satisfied.”
“We have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we've made, and it's not enough just to have a black president,” the president said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Last Friday on his tour through New York, the president may have given a glimpse into his address today honoring the civil rights leader by saying, "Each generation seems wiser about wanting to treat people fairly and do the right thing and not discriminate, and that's a great victory that we should all be very proud of."