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Town hall commemorates March on Washington

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Community groups, elected leaders and more joined together for a town hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Attendees reflected on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and what they mean today.

"Freedom, equality justice and a man that stood for something and didn't fall for just anything," Tony Green Sr. said.

Roosevelt Thompson was at the march in 1963. He was 29 back then and remembers like it was yesterday.

"It was awesome. It was a lot of people. As far as the eye could see, you had people," Thompson said.

Those at the town hall said they have many of the same goals in 1963. The Clark County Black Caucus said while strides have been made when it comes to voting and segregation, blacks in America are still poverty-stricken and suffer joblessness.

The caucus said in 1963, African-Americans had an average household income of $22,266, and in 2013 the average is just above $40,000 a year.

They said the town hall is a call to action and a renewal of the commitment to continue a dialogue of race relations in America, and that's the most important thing in moving forward and realizing the dream.

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