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People Gather In Bozeman To Mark 50 Years Of I Have A Dream

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About 50 people attended a gathering in front of the Gallatin County Courthouse this evening commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have Dream" speech.

The rain didn't stop people from coming out to the Gallatin County Courthouse holding signs, singing and listening to each other and Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have Dream" speech to mark the 50th anniversary of the Walk on Washington.

The event's organizer, Dan Lourie, remembers the effect Dr. King's speech had on him.

"Dr. King and his speech and that event had a tremendous impact on my life," said Lourie. "It steered me to peace and justice more so than I was tending to be before."

Lourie said they are here to help make the full dream a reality.

"We're here partially to say that now is the time," said Lourie. "And we're not giving up on his dream even though it has not been perfected. It has not been brought to full."

One Bozeman resident said she's still seeing racism under the big sky.

"About three weeks ago, I was approached along with another black woman at a table we had downtown, and I can't repeat the words because we have children, but it was the most offensive thing I've heard in years, and years and years about not having black people in Montana," said Judith. 

Judith said she has people follow her in stores, in Bozeman and across the country "assuming I was going to steal something because the color of my skin, not the content of my character."

Working together they hope to end racism in Montana, and around the nation.

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