Hundreds gather at Leimert Park to remember March on Washington

Carla Rivera (Los Angeles Times) | August 24, 2013

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in Leimert Park to hear speeches and witness reenactments commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The events began about 9 a.m. with a march along Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards to Leimert Park Plaza, near 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard in the historic center of the city’s black cultural arts district.

A rally in the plaza featured actor Keith David portraying the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. City Controller Ron Galperin portrayed Joachim Prinz, a German-American rabbi and civil rights activist who spoke just before King at the 1963 march.

Los Angeles performer Marva Smith portrayed legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, whose spiritual from the podium ignited the 1963 crowd.

Other reenactment figures included labor leader Walter Reuther and civil rights activist Daisy Bates.

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