50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream" Speech

August 25, 2013 Updated Aug 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM EDT


August 25, 2013 Updated Aug 25, 2013 at 9:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - On August 28, 1963, in one thousand and forty nine words, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most memorable speeches in modern history.

The " I Have A Dream Speech" referenced Shakespeare, the Declaration of Independence and the Bible.

Dr. King's words so powerful, they resonate with people of all ages and all ethnicities. His speech set the framework for freedom and equality for all.

Worshippers at True Bethel Baptist Church and at churches throughout Western New York, spent time Sunday honoring Dr. King's passion and courage.

In the present day, many of the inequalities Dr. King fought so hard against are no longer present in society.

The Voting Rights Act passed and racial discrimination is illegal for any agency that receives federal funds..

Many also attribute Dr. King's work for changing social attitudes towards race.

However, many in the community say more work needs to be done and the numbers speak for themselves.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Black families make 65 cents to every dollar earned by White Americans

The Economic Policy Institute finds Black people are twice as likely as Whites to be unemployed and Black Children are about four times more likely than White children to live in areas of concentrated poverty.