Obama embodies King's dream and his struggle

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama won't need to mention race when he stands at the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

His presence as the nation's first black president will embody one fulfilled goal of the thousands who rallied 50 years ago today and heard Martin Luther King Jr.'s soaring "I Have a Dream" speech.

Obama will be joined at Wednesday's celebrity-studded ceremony by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as the daughters of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, who signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Obama says he considers the 1963 march a "seminal event" and the anniversary a good time to reflect on how far the country has come and still has to go.

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