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Congressman looks back 50 years to March on Washington

Posted August 23, 2013
Updated August 25, 2013

— 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.

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  • kermit60 Aug 27, 8:46 a.m.

    The first 4 comments say it all.

  • ecp1951 Aug 26, 1:17 p.m.

    isn't it time to man up and quit making excuses? oh sorry, that would require some effort and personal responsibility! besides what would Sharpton, Jackson and Obama have to whine about if that happened!

  • Objective Scientist Aug 26, 12:49 p.m.

    I grew up during the "throes" of integration - as a white male. I thought integration was absolutely needed, necessary, and that it MUST be done - at that time. I was 'horrified" at some of the injustices that I observed! The era of slavery in the USA and during the time of segregation, and during the "process" of integration it was a horrible time to be a black person! That said... I tire of the headlines and rhetoric that appears with each civil rights event anniversary. The focus is ALWAYS on, not the huge advances that have occurred, but "how much there is yet to do!!!" It is far from being a "perfect world" with regard to "race" in the USA! I recognize that and acknowledge that - I do not contest that notion; however, part of moving toward that "perfect" world requires attenuating the hypersensitivity displayed by some who "look" for anything/everything that could possibly be labeled as "racial" or "racist" and "pounce" on anything they can call "racist" - ANYTHING!

  • SaveEnergyMan Aug 26, 11:19 a.m.

    Many of these protesters want equal outcomes. What has changed (absolutely for the better) is equal opportunity. The two are not the same. Respect is earned and not bestowed. Some in the black community have figured that out, got an education, and are productive (and equal) members of society. The others just complain about it as if they are entitled to success because of some past event they weren't even around to see.

    Equality begins at home, between the ears. When you respect yourself, you do the right thing, get an education, and raise your kids to work hard to do the same. Everything after that falls into place. There are still a few bigots out there, but they are in the great minority today.

  • censorbait Aug 26, 9:32 a.m.

    Tiresome! Task is not finished they say. I agree with that. What remains is for the so-called leaders to push for personal responsibility. I will not hold my breath waiting.