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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

50 years ago people crowded at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington and hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., give his 'I have a Dream' speech. This weekend the country will remember his now famous speech.

"I think that speech will always be meaningful, because that dream is not yet reached," said W. Frank Wilson, Interim Executive Director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

Dr. King visited Albany during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Wilson says Dr. King left his mark on the community to stand up for justice and equality. He hopes this weekend will refresh people's minds to do the same.

"I think he would be proud of some of the progress, but I think he would also have us revisit and look at the charges of the day. And also revisit the time when he made the speech and see if we really made the progress that he preached about," said W. Frank Wilson.

Students from around the nation are at the capitol including Albany State University students.

"It's symbolic that college students would go to this march because it was college students that gave importance to the civil rights movement and certainly the civil rights movement here in Albany, Georgia," said W. Frank Wilson.

While Wilson feels there's still work to achieve the dream of Dr. King, eventually we will get there.

Be sure to watch a special presentation on the anniversary of Dr. King's speech Sunday morning at 9:30 on WALB NBC.

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