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Atlanta leaders celebrate Let Freedom Ring in our nation's capitol

Atlantans were well represented at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. And they're reacting to the dream 50 years later.

During the special portion of the program, more than half of the speakers were from Atlanta: Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s children and his older sister, along with President Jimmy Carter.

Atlanta, the birthplace of Dr. King, is rich with history in the Civil Rights Movement and it was evident on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years later.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was moved by the words spoken and the actions taken.

"I was so proud of America, but I was particularly proud of Atlanta. It's a powerful reminder that at the end of the day Dr. Martin Luther King was reared, raised in Atlanta and really got his roots there, and from there a movement was launched and it changed the city, changed the state and changed the nation and changed the world," Reed said.

Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall's dad was on Dr. King's staff. His grandmother marched on Washington. Hall knew he had to be in Washington on this day.

"Just to sit back and reflect upon the history that I have that's tied to this particular march, but also to hear what President Obama said in terms of projecting forward the responsibility the next generations have, and in particular people in my age group. It's our responsibility to pick up this mantle and truly push forward," Hall said.

Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King preached, calls this day thrilling and symbolic.

"It is as if the nation recognizes the wisdom of Dr. King and at the same time we have a long way to go," Warnock said.

Atlantans want to push the dream forward and continue the city's place in history.

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