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Tri-State Group Prepares To March On Washington

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC-TV) Next Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. 

People at one church who are planning a trip to the Capitol this weekend are celebrating. 

More than 100,000 people are expected to pack the Lincoln Memorial commemorating the Civil Rights event that drew attention to America's racial inequalities.  Angela Ingram explains how the group is hoping to be a part of history.       

Five buses will leave Cincinnati and head to Washington D.C.  For some this is an experience they've hoped to have for years.      Organizers say the march was national effort towards racial justice that should never be forgotten.  The energy level is high at Word of Deliverance Family Life Center in Forest Park. 

Visitors and the congregation are celebrating a trip commemorating a special moment in history.  "We've come a long way.  We have a long way to go.  So it's significant to look back.  It's significant to allow our youth to understand that they are celebrating a lot of freedoms and a lot of great things because of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others stood for," said Bishop Bobby Hilton.  

The march, on August 28th, 1963, is remembered for Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  Those words are still on the minds of the people here.  Since that speech, they've seen many changes.  "There were times that we couldn't buy homes.  We couldn't buy in certain areas of the city and there were certain jobs we didn't get, but now, you know, those things are different today," said Sandy Sherman of Bond Hill. 

 For some who did not make it to the march in '63, this is a chance to be a part of history.  "I feel that at this stage of my life I wanted to have the opportunity to be a part of such a great movement.  I think when it first happened, I was very young," said Larry Southall, Sr of Lincoln Heights.

Bishop Hilton added, "It is absolutely American history.  It's about what's right and what's wrong and if we can concentrate on right things and wrong things and leave race out of it and just say we want everybody to be able to live by the same concepts, the same principles.  How did Dr. Martin Luther King say it?  We want to be judged by the content of our character.  That's what we want."  

The organizers arranged the trip so that about 25 UC students could go along as well.  Bishop Hilton says it's important for young people to know their history.  The group leaves friday for Washington early Friday morning.  After the events at the Capitol, the group heads back to Cincinnati Saturday night.      




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