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Remembering the civil rights' crowd, 50 years later

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11Alive's DeMarco Morgan is in Washington DC this week for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. He's telling the stories of the Atlantans remembering the historic march. He'll be sharing the stories of 50 Years of Change: Share the Journey all week on 11Alive and 11Alive.com.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Wednesday, President Obama, two former Presidents and thousands of others will stand at the Lincoln Memorial and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

MORE | Complete coverage of the anniversary of the March on Washington

Fifty years ago the crowds doubled expectations.  They came from all across the country and included some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Marlon Brando was there saying, "Someone said the march of great armies is not as strong as an idea whose time has come. The time has come for Civil Rights."

Congressman John Lewis and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin were there too.

"When we left Capitol Hill after meeting with the House leadership... we looked from, toward Union Station and it was just a sea of humanity coming from Union Station. And you saw hundreds and hundreds of busses," Lewis said

Mayor Franklin added, "People were really focused on 'We're coming together to make a statement around human rights and civil rights, and it's important for everyone to contribute in some small way.'  Even those of us who were younger."

Join 11Alive for a special every family should watch - 50 Years of Change: Share the Journey.  Wednesday Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. on 11Alive WXIA-TV

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