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Civil Rights champion reflects on March on Washington

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - On a day our nation remembered a major milestone toward racial equality, a Civil Rights pioneer was in South Mississippi sharing his memories of the March on Washington.

On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered to ask the federal government to pass meaningful Civil Rights Reform.

Before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech, a then 23-year-old John Lewis addressed the crowd.

Lewis is now a Georgia congressman. In a visit to Bay St. Louis with the Faith In Politics Institute, he talked about why he joined the Civil Rights struggle.

Of the 10 speakers that day, Congressman Lewis is the only one still living. He says he remembers attending several Civil Rights gathering right here on the Mississippi Coast.

Click HERE to watch his interview.

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