Generation of marchers head to Washington D.C.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- South Floridians are boarding buses Friday bound for Washington D.C. to mark a major moment in our nation's history.
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. It was at that march that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, a moment that went down in history. Large groups across the country are going back to commemorate that speech.
One group from New Way Fellowship Baptist Church in Opa-Locka and members of the NAACP in Miami-Dade are on their way to participate in the two new marches and speeches that are to be held over the weekend.
The big march will be the National Action to Reclaim the Dream, which will take place Saturday in Washington D.C. A second smaller march for jobs and justice will also happen over the weekend.
One woman who attended the 1963 march in D.C. is headed back. "I was going for hope knowing that we had so many things going on in this country that if we did not go, then we wouldn't have an opportunity to move the country the way it should be," said Shirley Johnson. "As I look back now, 50 years later, it's time to reassess what the dream was all about and the missions we accepted at that time."
Another woman boarded the bus with excitement. "I'm getting pumped for the next 50 years where we'll still have to do a lot more work to guarantee a true social justice, but I'm called to this work. I was called when I was in third grade, and I've been doing the work ever since as a teacher in the public schools," she said.
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