Houstonians head to Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of March on Washington

August 22, 2013 10:33:59 AM PDT
Some local students were among the dozens of Houstonians who this morning boarded a bus bound for the nation's capitol. They will take part in events surrounding the 50 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march on Washington.

More than 50 Houstonians, young and old, loaded onto a bus for the early morning ride, one that will take nearly a full day and is 50 years in the making.

This year marks a half decade years since Martin Luthur King's historic 'I Have a Dream' speech and the march on Washington.

"I remember clearly my father and mother telling me to pay attention to the TV, and Dr. Martin Luther King was speaking. I'l l never forget that moment in time," said Robert Gilmore with the Real Urban Ministry.

The ride to DC they're taking now is admittedly far different from the one others took at that time.

"Back then they couldn't stop at restaurants. They couldn't stop at the hotel, they had to be careful about people potentially hurting or harming them," Rev. Gilmoer said.

"It means a lot to me. I was only two years old during the first march, but I'm 52 years old and I'm glad to be on this march, because we have a long way to go," said participant Lawanda Dogan.

It is a moment in history which happened before many of these young people on the trip were born, but they want to more deeply understand the meaning.

"I've never been to a Martin Luther King Day march, so it's a great opportunity," said participant Toni Vanbibber.

"I would say the most important thing will be for us as the younger generation is that we can do anything we set our minds to," said participant Anthony Roberson.

There will be an estimated 200,000 people there from around the country to commemorate that historic event.

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