Cville Group Travels D.C. to Commemorate March on Washington
45 people boarded a bus from Charlottesville to D.C. Saturday to remember the March on Washington.
A diverse group traveled from Charlottesville - joining the thousands of people descending on the nation's capital - to celebrate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.
More than 40 people of all ages from central Virginia took part in the trip to Washington D.C. Saturday. Organizers say the experience was a reminder that even though progress has been made in the past 50 years, there is still work to be done.
"To suddenly find that yourself in that picture, looking toward the Monument as his son is delivering a similar speech is really very moving," Charlottesville vice-mayor Kristin Szakos said.
Szakos was one of 45 people who boarded a bus from Charlottesville to D.C. Saturday to honor a moment in history.
"It was really an amazing event to be part of not only commemorating history, but sort of rededicating to that history for a lot of people," she said.
Szakos worked with the Albemarle-Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP to organize the trip. The group listened to a program on jobs, justice and freedom at the Lincoln Memorial and marched along a similar route as the civil rights activists in 1963.
"I think people came to be energized. They came to regain and to gain courage," Rick Turner of the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP said.
Trip organizers say speakers talked about different topics such as marriage rights, immigration reform, and the importance of voting, all based around the idea that progress is still on the horizon.
"All of us were reminded - that was just a reminder that things, that progress has been made but there's still a long, long way to go," Turner said.
"One of the speakers said now we're here to commemorate, go home and agitate so there was a lot of play on those thoughts that we're looking back to the past as something that happened here but also looking to the future as something we can do to make the world better," Szakos said.
Ceremonies in Washington D.C. are continuing throughout the next several days. The celebration is set to culminate Wednesday - exactly 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic speech.
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