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National Cathedral Hosts Forum Reflecting King's Message After The March

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Five years after the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what would be his last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in D.C.

"Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution" was the title of King's very last Sunday sermon.

"Racial injustice is still the black man's burden and the white man's shame. It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans," said King in his speech.

Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but King said America's most urgent priority was to eradicate the "disease of racism." Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says the issues haven't changed much in the 21st century.

"Voter suppression, the path to prison... that is such a big issue for young African American men, and racial profiling," says Hall, during a forum he hosted, reflecting on King's message, 50 years after the March.

Hall says recent events highlight today's unspoken racism. "We have the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, we have the acquittal of George Zimmerman."

King was assassinated just four days after his sermon in 1968.

March on Washington anniversary events continue through Wednesday, when President Obama will speak from the Lincoln Memorial.

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