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50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's "I have a Dream" speech
WASHINGTON DC -- We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his 'I have a Dream' speech.
The anniversary is expected to attract thousands to Washington, DC this weekend's celebration.
Locals going to the celebration, and explain why this milestone is so important to them.
Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech from 1963 still has a place in the hearts and minds of many people today, but for those who lived through the Civil Rights era, going to the anniversary march means so much more.
For Cassandra McAway, Cheryle Allen and Dianne Krumel, they already have their walking shoes ready. They can barely hold their excitement just days away from the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
"I am bubbling over, I feel like I am really already there on cloud 9" said Cassandra McAway.
Cheryle Allen says she participated in local sit-ins during the civil rights era.
"What we would do is we would sit in and go from place to place and when they would close the counters down we would get up and go to the next one and the next one and the next one" said Cheryle Allen.
Allen says she regrets missing out on the first March on Washington, and she's determined not to let history pass her by twice.
"I was not able to attend the first one but since I can afford to do it now I think the time must be right for me" said Allen.
McAway, Allen and Krumel feels Dr. King's dream has brought the country a long way, but it still hasn't been fully realized. They say voting and women's rights still need work.
For now, they're going to focus soley on their walking shoes, and march hand-in-hand, living proof the dream is still alive and well.
"Our children need to know, there is something good that came out of the first one, so we're going to recapture the second one and move on" said McAway.
"It's just going to be an awesome time. Yes, I feel like I'm going to be witnessing history" said Dianne Krumel.
The 50th anniversary march on Washington is expected to draw atleast 150,000 people from across the country.