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08/24/2013 12:29 pm ET Updated Aug 26, 2013

Eric Holder At March On Washington Anniversary: I Wouldn't Be Attorney General Without 1963 Marchers

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the spirit of the 1963 March on Washington now demands equal rights for gays, Latinos, women and people with disabilities.

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.

“As we gather today, 50 years later, their march is now our march,” he said.

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.

“We must remember generations who carried themselves on a day-to-day basis with great dignity in the face of unspeakable injustice,” Holder said.

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