NEW ORLEANS -- His iconic speech went down in history. Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King stood outside the Lincoln Memorial and talked about freedom and equality.
Wednesday, city leaders came together on the lawn at the Notre Dame Seminary to celebrate the progress that has been made and to remind the community of the work that still needs to be done.
Dozens of people gathered Wednesday to commemorate the March on Washington.
It was during that day that the most famous words of the most fabled speech were heard.
"They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When you look at pictures from that march, you saw all different colored faces," said Danatus King, the president of the NAACP branch in New Orleans.
King said that day was a lesson in perseverance. Despite not having cell phones, Twitter or Facebook, 250,000 people traveled from all over the country to join hands in the fight for equality.
"It is not only astounding, but it goes back again to highlighting the fact that if there is something that needs to be done, you have to stick to it to get the job done," said King.
City leaders say the 50h anniversary is also about people recommitting themselves to achieving Dr. King's dream.
"It is not just about changing laws. It is about changing hearts and changing minds," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
"As we look towards the next 50 years, we need to work just as hard as our leaders did in 1963," said Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. "I think that is a responsibility that we have today."
For city leaders, the anniversary of the historic event was about inspiring new progress.
"There are problems that are impacting us across the board, no matter what our race is, what our religion is, what our sexual preference is," said King.
Now that fight is in the hands of the next generation of young people.
"I think that we have to instill in our young people today that this opportunity just didn't happen, right?" said Cantrell. "People fought for it to happen."
And Wednesday the community came together to make sure that fight will never be forgotten.