SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California activists are using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington as a rallying cry to address poverty, poor-quality schools and what they say is continuing racial inequality.
About 200 people celebrated the anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during a rally Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol. The crowd included more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Speaker John Perez and others said much work remains before California and the nation achieve the equality King sought. The Los Angeles Democrat said one of the marchers' goals in 1963 was a universal minimum wage, which he said amounts to about $14 now.
Brown said inequality is growing in California, the U.S and around the world.
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