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Local Community Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

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Saturday millions of people commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream speech."  The Twin Cities NAACP hosted it's own March today in St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.  Members of the community came together to March one and a half miles from St Joseph to Benton Harbor.  Along the way they sang, chanted, and reflected on the purpose of the march...to reclaim and recommit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's dream.

Twin Cities NAACP President, James Atterberry said,"we want to make sure we have equal treatment under the law in this country, that's what MLK fought for and that's what we stand up for."

At the end of the March speakers told the crowd the event can't be just to remember Martin Luther King Jr's actions.  Rev. Maurice Mcafee said, "If we only gather today in symbolism then what he really died for would be a waste."  He said the community must continue his fight.  "We must still remind them that justice is a long way away."

Dalana Brand with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority said there has been progress in the past 50 years but more work still needs to be done.  And Atterberry agrees.  "We have more African Americans, black males in prison than we do in college...that is unacceptable."

But this event is a great start.  "It was so beautiful to see people form different communities to come together for a common cause," said Brand.

 

 

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