The group of at least several hundred walked from Terry D. Schrunk Plaza downtown to South Waterfront Park, where there were music and speakers.

It was at the Aug. 28, 1963, march of approximately 250,000 that The Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech." The march and King's speech were among the turning points in the civil rights movement in the U.S.


The local event Saturday in Portland was sponsored by Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform, Urban League of Portland, NAACP of Portland, ACLU of Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and several labor and other community based organizations.


According to a news release from the groups, "Ironically the same issues that compelled the first march, jobs, police brutality, housing, health care, equality are the same pressing issues of today."