Seven hundred thousand African-American women are expected to participatein the march. A bus carrying 188 people will leave from Raleigh Fridaynight. They participants hope to bring back what they learn from the cityof brotherly love, and put it to good use in their every day life, here inthe Triangle.
A group of students was getting ready Thursday night to add their numbersto an historic event: the Million Woman March.
Carla Bowens, a student, said she hopes to gain knowledge at the event.
The Million Women March comes 2 years after the Million Man March inWashington. It was a movement that some feel shed new light onAfrican-American men.
Kamilla Wright, a student, said the march proved African-American mencould come together in peace.
The women who will march in Philadelphia hope they have the same kind ofimpact. Unlike the Million Man March, Saturday's event will break thegender barrier. Of the 188 people from Raleigh making the trip, 9 will bemen.
Ricky Livingston, a student, said men need to understand the issues thatwomen are dealing with.
Two of the keynote speakers for the event are Winnie Mandela and U.S.Representative Maxine Waters. Two civil rights icons, Correta Scott Kingand Rosa Parks will not be there despite their names being on the program.Even so, the women who plan to attend the march are still excited aboutSaturday's event.