Martin Luther King Jr. rally in Oklahoma City - Photo Gallery 6/16

Pat Bloom, a member of Change Oklahoma, carried a placard and an American flag when she arrived at the Capitol. A diverse crowd of about 300 people rallied on the north side of the State Capitol Saturday morning, Aug. 24, 2013, to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. Most of the crowd marched more than a mile from Stiles Park, walking up Lincoln Blvd., to the statehouse. Many in the crowd carried signs or banners, and some wore shirts bearing images of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who delivered his impassioned oratory to a crowd of nearly 250,000 on the Washington Mall on Aug. 28, 1963. At the time, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital. King's remarks to the crowd, now known as the "I Have A Dream" speech, brought a national focus to the civil rights struggle in America and is credited with being a large influence to secure enough votes in Congress for the passage of the Civil Rights Act the following year. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.