Gotta Watch: '65 Freedom March, Cherry Blossoms, modern Rome
Martin Luther King Jr. leads a peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
March 25th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Gotta Watch: '65 Freedom March, Cherry Blossoms, modern Rome

Today's Gotta Watch video is a potpourri of celebration, history, and architecture.

Nonviolence changes a nation – It was 46 years ago that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Selma-to-Montgomery Freedom March. The event went down in history as not only a turning point in the civil rights movement but also one of the most successful acts of nonviolent protests. The event remains relevant today because of its historical significance and because of the many parallels between the movement and today's events in the Middle East, as Nicolaus Mills points out here.

Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington's annual Cherry Blossom Festival begins tomorrow and marks the celebration's 99th year. Originally, the event was a commemoration of Japan's friendship with the United States. Weeks after the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan, the festival holds new meaning.

Skyscrapers in Rome? – Architects are building Rome's first high-rise building. That's Rome, Italy. Our Richard Quest explains why the city known for its antiquities is adding some modern flare.

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  1. bigdong

    hey rabi jesus was king of the jews!

    March 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. meee!!

    why is it on st patricks day everyone likes to be irish on mlk nobody wants to be black?

    March 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mooohomad


    March 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Proud To Be White

    MLK? Farrakan? Sharpton? Jackson? All they do is make idiotic statements in hate filled speeches, and get their group of people all riled up. For what? Most of the people who listen to that crap are so uneducated they dont even know whay their suppossedly standing up for. What do they themselves actually accomplish? If you look at the actual truth, its nothing more than racial hatred/discourse. The white man this.. The white man that..Malcolm X? The biggest joke of the last 100 yrs.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Proud To Be White

    Actually The Freedom March was a joke. The black people should be a little more grateful. Their lucky we let them learn to read/write, or even attend school. In all reality, their lucky we even let them have freedom to have their so called Freedom March. It wasnt their own people that did all that and more for them. Because remember what it was like 150 yrs ago? It could still be like that.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. a bird n flite

    We can all live together as wise ppl or we can all perish together as fools- Its ashame sum1 took that man from his ppl 0nly because he wanted better 4them. I hope they mmbr wat the late great mlk believed n and fawt so hard 4, wile they out on the block destroying that very thing. Tho not all and of course we all have our faults. ALABAMA ALL DAY. I AGREE RACISM IS STILL A BIG PROBLEM HERE. Im a dirty white boy wen i need b. But try not to b that away. Them mfrs aint pick my cotton. All i c and hear is their bull crap. I got my own bull crap. Aka the 6directions of space, time being obselete.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Oh Gag

    Why are the n!ggers always whining about being treated so badly? Look back and youll see people, like the Jews and the American Indians, who were treated alot worse than n!ggers ever were. And besides it was mostly their own people who sold them into slavery. Not all white people were slave holders. But they sure act like it. This generation knows nothing really about actual slavery. But they use it as a crutch. Enough crying already. B/c were sick of hearing it.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
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