Congressman looks back 50 years to March on Washington
Posted August 23, 2013
Updated August 25, 2013
Washington — This weekend marks a milestone – 50 years since the March on Washington – in civil rights. For some, the memories continue to stir emotion.
More than a quarter million people turned out on Aug. 28, 1963, for the historic event, highlighted by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Rep. John Lewis, of Georgia, was there that day, and on Friday he spent time retracing the steps he walked up 50 years ago.
"It's very moving to come and relive the moment and look down the mall and think about what I saw 50 years ago, that sea of humanity," Lewis said. "I remember some of those face so well, young people, fanning like they were at church."
Lewis is the only surviving speaker from the historic March on Washington.
"We know what Aug. 28, 1963, meant for this country. It was a watershed moment," he said.