Bob's Blog: The March on Washington, 50 years later

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We have a very special edition of "Face The Nation" coming up this Sunday.

It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech here in Washington. That day changed the course of history, and its impact is still being felt five decades later. President Barack Obama will commemorate the anniversary Wednesday in historic fashion as the nation's first black president. But before that, we will offer three unique perspectives Sunday on "Face The Nation."

I'll sit down with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the sole surviving speaker from the March on Washington. He was only 23 years old when he shared the stage with King. On Sunday, he'll share details from the 1963 rally and his meeting with President John F. Kennedy.

Also in the studio we're lucky to have former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who was thousands of miles away serving in Vietnam as the events of the civil rights movement unfolded. After Powell's return, he became a trailblazer for African Americans, ascending to key posts in the Regan and Bush administrations. He'll weigh in Sunday on the civil rights issues of today, including controversial voter ID laws.

Beyond our special coverage of the March on Washington, there is plenty of news to cover on Sunday.

The images coming out of Syria paint a picture of unadulterated horror. Hundreds are dead in an apparent chemical attack that could prove to be the tipping point for international intervention. On the broadcast Sunday, we'll hear from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Senator Jack Reed, D-R.I.

The situation on the ground in Syria is complex, and the diplomacy is challenging for the Obama administration. There are not many realistic options, but something must be done to stop the fighting. Nothing will get done without support from Russia - they play a key role in stopping the carnage.

The Obama administration needs to figure out what the U.S. wants to see in Syria at the end of the day. They keep saying they want to see President Bashar al-Assad out of power. Sounds good, but what's next? We ousted Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but that created just as many problems as it solved. That's where we need to think strategically, but the pressing issue right now is that the fighting must stop.

We'll get analysis from our foreign policy panel Sunday on Syria, Egypt, and more. Check your local listings.

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