PHOTO GALLERY: Let Freedom Ring ceremony commemorates 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Thousands return to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and to participate in the Let Freedom Ring ceremony.

PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back to the March on Washington

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a civil rights protest led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which culminated in the famous "I Have A Dream" speech. These file photos look back at the march on Aug. 28, 1963.

PHOTO GALLERY: Families get acquainted with Battle High School

Teachers, students and family members get acquainted with Battle High School during the school's open house Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls audition for Battle High School dance team

Girls at Battle High School demonstrate their dancing abilities at tryouts for the Sparklers, the school dance team, on Tuesday at the Battle High School Performing Arts Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College women's soccer kicks off new season

The Stephens College women's soccer team practiced for the upcoming season at Stephens Lake Park early Tuesday morning. After a disappointing 0-8 season performance in 2012, the team hopes to make a comeback this fall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spartan Sparklers open competition

Battle High is hosting auditions for its competitive dance team, the Spartan Sparklers. On Monday, Danyale Williams, the dance team coach, taught prospective team members the audition routine. Auditions will be held Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Art exhibit opens

These portraits of homeless life in Columbia by photographer Brooke Morris, a recent graduate of MU, will be displayed in Bingham Gallery from Sept. 2 to 26 as part of the "Revealing Place" exhibit. The exhibit features the work of 36 student photographers, including 13 from MU.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU women's rugby team practices Sunday

The MU women's rugby team practiced Sunday at Rock Quarry Park, battling 90-degree heat to do drills that focused on ball handling and team communication.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artists commemorate Border War edict

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of an edict that forced 20,000 Missourians from their homes after William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kan., a group of artists and historians decided to interpret a famous painting by George Caleb Bingham.

PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago. From Birmingham, Ala., to Washington, King's message on the importance of civil rights lives on.

Martin Luther King addresses March on Washington

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in 1963.

PHOTO GALLERY: A look into the civil rights movement

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Racial tensions were at an all-time high in Birmingham, Ala., when King spoke in Washington in 1963.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands in D.C. commemorate March on Washington

Thousands rally Saturday in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rodeo attracts competitors from across the country

The 37th annual Cattlemen Days Rodeo was held in downtown Ashland on Friday and Saturday. The event attracted rodeo fans of all ages and included cattle roping, live music and a parade on Saturday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball team played Black and Gold game on Thursday

Missouri volleyball had its Black and Gold scrimmage Thursday at the Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Summertime at Jenkins Family Produce

The Jenkins Family Produce stand on Business Loop 70 East and Range Line Street is an all-in-the-family business.

PHOTO GALLERY: A growing number of men choose surrogacy as means to become fathers

Trey Powell and Simon Taylor have joined the growing number of men who have choosen surrogacy as a means to become single fathers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children, pets attend Fun Fest

Children play games at Fun Fest on Wednesday at Flat Branch Park. The fair was themed Around the World this year and had games and performances from many different countries, including China, Belgium and African countries.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alpaca felt used to make wall hangings

Alpaca felt is used to make wall hangings at the Heartfelt LLC studio in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School celebrates first day

Battle High School officially opened its doors on Tuesday. Army Sgt. Wyatt Siegrist, dressed as the Spartan, and Stephanie Barnette, dressed in a white toga with a blue and gold belt of ribbon, greeted students on horses as they stepped out of cars and streamed out of the buses.