As the nation observed the anniversary of the March on Washington Wednesday, some focused on the work that remains to be done in the realization of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream.
At the Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, the occasion prompted a justice rally.
The organizing ministers drew attention to social and economic issues still facing the African-American community.
"We're saying, 'Now listen, we have to roll up our sleeves and begin to do some new things, move in new directions, to ensure that this dream is fulfilled," said the Rev. Dennis Dillon of the Brown Baptist Church. "I believe that the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King rests heavily on our shoulders right now."
"While King, as a great baptist minister and teacher, took us to the mountaintop at the end, he also made it very clear that black people were having very, very, very serious economic problems, and that America needed to, in fact, be about correcting those," said Dr. Ron Daniels, who attended the original march in 1963.
The biggest issues raised were racial profiling, housing and economic empowerment.
The rally also emphasized the important role that church communities played in the civil rights movement.