says forced the nation "to wake up, look at itself and eventually change." She says the civil rights leader's lessons inspire people all over the world.
Speaking at theceremonies Wednesday, Winfrey said King recognized that Americans shared the same dreams and that their hopes weren't different based on race. She says King was right when he said all Americans' destinies are intertwined and would rise or fall based on how people treat their neighbors.
says she asked her mother as a 9-year-old girl why her family wasn't there for the march. The media mogul says it took her 50 years, but she finally arrived on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to mark the anniversary of King's march and his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Actorsand Jamie Foxx delivered speeches at the event as well. Winfrey and Whitaker recently starred together in about an African American who works at the White House for decades.
Three U.S. presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and-- also spoke about King's prolific impact during the March on Washington ceremonies.