Memphis group to retrace March on Washington steps - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Memphis group to retrace March on Washington steps

Reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington, many gathered to make the long trip to D.C. Reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington, many gathered to make the long trip to D.C.

(WMC-TV) - A Memphis group is leaving for Washington to commemorate the golden anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s monumental "I Have A Dream" speech.

The campus around the Civil Rights Museum where King's life was tragically taken in 1968 was quiet Thursday night. But earlier in the day it was alive with people who are proud to go and join thousands of others in retracing the steps taken for the civil and human rights of all Americans.

Fifty years ago King gave one of America's greatest speeches with words that have everlasting impact across generations.

"If it wasn't for this March on Washington, I don't believe that I would be right here today ... Standing and having the education that I do have," said traveler Tikia Abram.

Reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington, many gathered to make the long trip to D.C. Mid-Southerners hope to embrace a moment in time that is forever etched in the hearts and minds of most Americans who lived during the civil rights movement.

"After you've been so many times, it's always like the first time. So when I see the first-time comers coming that makes me feel good to know that they're gonna go again," said Georgia King, who repeatedly makes the trip. "You really are motivated when you leave there to go back into your home, neighborhood and community and do something positive."

Fifteen-year-old Angelica Stewart says she was moved to do her part in the fight for civil and human rights that Dr. King helped start so many years ago.

"It's actually still many incidents as to where it's going on ... So that's why I believe we should be heard and we should stand up for who we are and take pride in what we do," said Stewart.

For those who cannot make it to Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary celebration, there will be a Singing the Dream Concert next Wednesday at the Civil Rights Museum to commemorate the day.

Copyright 2013 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. 

  • NEWSMore>>

  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:43:50 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:00 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:00:59 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:43:06 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.More >>
  • Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:41:28 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly