Local Residents Reflect On 1963 March On Washington

By Lanetra Bennett
August 28, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - "I have a dream." Fifty 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Martin Luther King, Jr. made history with those words.

Local residents who were at the March on Washington share their experiences on hearing those words that day.

"To be in a group of people who was marching for the same thing you're marching for--which was education, peace, justice, all those kind of things--I think it's a plus." Says, Tallahassee resident Anita Davis.

Davis was 26 years old when she attended the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. She says, "I was glad because it gave me an opportunity to rub elbows with real civil rights workers, people who knew what the cause was all about; and then to be able to witness Dr. King's speech."

As Davis reflects on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the 76-year-old pulled out her straw hat that says, "What's keeping you from voting?"

She says she was fighting for voting rights 50 years ago, when she went to the 20th anniversary march, and today. Davis says, "When you come to find out only 67 percent of people registered to vote vote, then something's not working."

Tallahassee resident, Connie Evans was a 16-year-old high school junior from Durham, North Carolina at the 1963 March on Washington.

She says, "We were high school and college students. We didn't have to worry about anything. We didn't have a job; didn't have to worry about getting fired. So, we were very active."

Evans still has the original program from that day.

"People from everywhere. Believe it or not, you could just walk through the space. We weren't concerned about safety or anything; you just walked throughout the area. It was a very happy time."

Davis says, "There are a lot of things for thought that come out of things like this. To me, it makes a better person and a better world."

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