ALBANY -- On Aug. 28, 1963, between 200,000 and 300,000 massed at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear a speech that would change a country.
On that day, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech to the crowd and a nationally televised audience. The March on Washington is credited with helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
At 9 a.m. Friday, the Albany-Dougherty branch of the NAACP will gather in front of the Government Center to mark the 47th anniversary of the historic occasion.
"Aug. 28th will be a milestone for the 47th anniversary of the famous 1963 March on Washington," a release from the NAACP stated. "On that day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of history's most famous oratory of freedom and equality.
"Therefore, the NAACP will celebrate the significance of the march that brought more than 250,000 marchers to our nation's capital for a massive peaceful demonstration for jobs, justice, education and equal opportunity."
King's "dream speech" is regarded as one of the most important in American history.
"In a real sense, America is essentially a dream," the NAACP release stated. "A dream yet unfulfilled of land where all men, of all races, nationalities and of all creeds can live together as brothers.
"We invite you to join us as we reflect on this historic occasion."