50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA - Out of a mountain of despair, he dreamt of finding a soul of brotherhood.
The March on Washington - 50 years ago today - was marked by the soaring oratory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King also dreamt his children would be judged on their character and not on their color, so on this anniversary we asked residents of North Central Florida whether that dream has been fulfilled.
We spoke to Barbara McMurray, who says that "it's a whole lot better now because when we were coming up it was really bad."
McMurray experienced first hand the repercussions of the civil rights movement, as integration began in Gainesville - "we could walk to our school but when things were integrated we had to go to GHS and that was a problem."
McMurray says there is still work to be done, but thinks progress has been made since a quarter million people marched on Washington - "we weren't used to being together...the blacks and whites...and it just took some getting used to and it came out ok and it wasn't bad."
Another woman, named Julie Walters, tells us that King's legacy has touched our nation, but his core ideas of eliminating color as a barrier should still be a priority for people - "we see a lot of communication but I think there is a deeper issue of prejudice. People really need more guidance in terms of coming together and getting to know one another."
Initially, the Kennedy administration did not want to be involved in the March on Washington, but did eventually endorse it.
Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall today to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
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