INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In Indianapolis, a smaller crowd gathered to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was a time to look back, to reflect on the present and to look forward.
A crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Kennedy King Memorial near downtown Wednesday to celebrate how far we've come since Dr. King gave that now famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Most everyone agreed, we have come a long way, but we have farther still to go.
A junior at Shortridge High School, Markell Pipkins, delivered MLK's iconic speech in Indianapolis Wednesday night.
For former member of the Indiana General Assembly member, Bill Crawford, King's speech, life and then death had a profound impact on his life.
“What I thought about was, if this man can give his life, I had to do something for the community,” said Crawford.
Crawford was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 1973, and chose to serve 20 terms.
Steve Tilden was also at the gathering in Indianapolis. He worked for the Indiana Civil Rights commission for 30 years, but came up with car plate holders that say “And Justice For All,” because he feels like we have yet to achieve King's dream.
“We're not really created equal but we need an equal opportunity to compensate for those unequal things, and we're not there yet,” said Tilden.
“What went through my mind the whole time while I was talking, and that made me realize this, isn't just for African Americans. This is for anyone that wants to take part in making this world a better place,” said Pipkins.
A better place, that Crawford says, he won’t live to see, but is hopeful will be reality one day.
"There's a future out there, but it's a future that I will never see. There's a lot of us that have to depend on that next generation, and they are so technologically smart, there's no telling where they're going to take us, hopefully it's to a better world," said Crawford.
The right two lanes of Interstate 70 east near Interstate 465 were closed Tuesday evening due to a crash.
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On Tuesday, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite will promote 23 officers. Three sergeants will be elevated to the rank of lieutenant. Twenty patrol officers will be promoted to the rank of sergeant.