ADDING SECOND SENTENCE TO CAPTION - Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, said he would not be in office, nor would Barack Obama be president, without those who marched. "They marched in spite of animosity, oppression and brutality because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept," Holder said. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Saturday, August 24, 2013 6:23 pm
Holder: I wouldn't be AG without 1963 marchers
The Associated Press
Speaking before tens of thousands of people on the National Mall, the nation's first black attorney general praised those who faced repression and brutality to march a half century ago. He thanked them for standing up to "racist governments and governors."
Without them, he said, he'd never be the attorney general and Barack Obama would not be president.
The anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is Wednesday but anniversary events began Saturday morning. Organizers expected about 100,000 people.