Jackie Russell, Oklahoma City, holds up a sign as she encourages one of the rally speakers. Russell, 77, said the rally was "wonderful." Because of ailing legs, she wasn't able to participate in the march, but said she remembers quite vividly the day in 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his speech on the Washington Mall. Her adult children attended Saturday's rally with her. 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.