CENTRAL ISLIP - Thousands of people gathered on the National Mall today to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s visionary "I have a dream" speech, and Long Islanders who couldn't make the trip did their part to commemorate the event here at home.

Dozens of families turned out for a rally event in Central Islip, where nonprofit organizations offered their services and back-to-school supplies were also given out to needy families.

Earlier this morning, hundreds of Long Islanders boarded buses to drive to Washington, D.C. to take part in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Civil rights leaders and other important figures gave speeches there to honor King and other major figures who have worked tirelessly in the name of equality.

President Barack Obama plans to speak at another rally on Wednesday, which marks the exact anniversary of the March on Washington.