MLK speech still inspires civil rights activists in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic speech, many in Green Country are still looking to fulfill his dream.

Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech helped energize the civil rights movement, but many say the task is not finished.

"When it comes to our generation, it's time for us to continue to march, and today was a wake-up call that we must still continue to fight for freedom," said Derrick Reed, president of the NAACP branch in Muskogee.

Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to mark the 1963 civil rights march.

Local activists in Muskogee say issues such as voting rights, money for Head Start programs and Obamacare are still unresolved.

They say King's words will help to change the course of history, providing a foundation for progress in the United States.

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