St. Louis Urban League goes to Washington

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - 50 years later, history repeats itself as 46 people from St. Louis join tens of thousands from around the country headed to the nation's capitol.

The nation is remembering the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The bus sponsored by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis left at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

PHOTOS:St. Louisans board bus bound for D.C.

History is just part of the reason for making the trip. St. Louis Community College administrator Genesis Steele says there's a more practical reason for going to the National Mall for Saturday's commemoration of the March on Washington 50th anniversary. She says 50 years after Dr. King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, some things in the U.S. have not improved.

"We're commemorating the civil rights movement," Steele said, "and with regards to where we're at now we're seeing a lot of the same challenges even though it's 50 years later. Still fighting for voting rights. We're still fighting for equal legislation."

Diane Perry is taking the bus ride to Washington to set an example for people too young to remember the sacrifices made by those who took part in the civil rights movement.

"I want our young people to understand every generation of blacks from slavery gave back and helped our race. The younger ones need to understand it's time to give back," she said.

This year's march will take place August 24 in Washington, again at the National Mall. The St. Louisans who make the bus trip will hear from Congressman John Lewis, one of only six leaders of the original March on Washington who are still alive.


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