Arkansan also gave rousing speech at March on Washington 50 years ago

Arkansas civil rights icon Daisy Bates speaks during the August 23, 1963 March on Washington.

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) - Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech.

While his immortal words will be rightfully remembered this week at celebrations in Washington, Arkansas and across the nation, King was not alone in drawing loud applause from the estimated 250,000 assembled on the Capital Mall during the March on Washington.

Daisy Bates, mentor to the Little Rock Nine and leader of the Arkansas NAACP, also spoke that afternoon, the only woman given the honor.

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