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March on Washington

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
August 27, 2013 1:48:19 PM PDT
It was a time when blacks were truly second-class citizens. In many states, they couldn't vote. And when they demanded equal rights, they were denied. Sometimes violently. Many were attacked. Many were killed.

The March on Washington led by Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change that, sparking a sea change across the country. The civil rights movement would not be denied. That was 50 years ago tomorrow. And tonight they are gathering in Washington, to remember the march that changed the country, to celebrate how far the country has come since that August day in 1963, and to ponder how much more still has to be done.

Eyewitness News anchor Lori Stokes is there for us tonight and tomorrow, covering the commemoration for us.

A quarter million people were there in 1963 most of them black. But among the whites were many activists, fighting alongside. Among them folksinger Peter Yarrow of the group Peter, Paul and Mary. They sang at the rally, and Peter and Paul will be there tomorrow as well, along with a family from Newtown, Connecticut, whose child was killed in the gun massacre last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lori's report ? is tonight at 11, and all day tomorrow on Eyewitness News.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports including the peddling of talent by the Mets; tonight they got rid of one player, outfielder Marlon Byrd, for a minor league prospect. Just one rub: Tonight at Citifield, it's Marlon Byrd t-shirt night.

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I hope you can join Diana Williams (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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