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4:43 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

NC Residents Head To DC For 50th Anniversary March

MLK
Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in Washington, DC.
Credit US Govt.

Busloads of people are headed to Washington, DC tomorrow to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, and North Carolina will be well represented.

Andrea Harris was 15 years old in 1963 when Martin Luther King Junior gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.”

“The Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity," King said 50 years ago.

“I didn’t go then so I have to go now," said Harris.

Harris heads the North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development in Durham.

“When you look at poverty, when you look at just the basic numbers, when you look at the disparity in wealth, and you talk about jobs and unemployment, I have no choice but to go," said Harris.

Next week, President Barack Obama will remember the March and King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, on August 28, the actual date marking the 50th anniversary.