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March on Washington anniversary: 50 years of change in 6 seconds

By Rick Hallman and Alberto Mier, CNN
updated 4:12 PM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013

(CNN) -- It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. called for Americans to "transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."

Since then much has changed, for all Americans of course, but crucially for African-Americans.

CNN explores some key statistics in these Vines below, and in this infographic looking at what's changed in the five decades after King's "Dream."

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