Ambassador Andrew Young walks down the steps after he spoke during the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. The event was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Andrew Young speaks at March on Washington Thursday

WASHINGTON -- Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young led off a 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington today on a musical note, and with a warning that 1963's quest for justice is not done.

"We're not here to claim any victory," the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said. "We're just here to say the struggle continues."

From the same Lincoln Memorial steps where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech, Young led the crowd in a few bars of civil rights movement songs "Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom" and "I've got a feeling everything's gonna be all right."

President Barack Obama is scheduled to join a string of Georgia politicians and civil rights figures speaking today, fitting for Atlanta and the state's prominent place in the civil rights movement.

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