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50th anniversary of March on Washington

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thousands of people are in our nation's capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 "March on Washington."

In Jackson, folks are working to bring light to the historic civil rights march that helped spur national change.

Here in Jackson people honored the upcoming anniversary March on Washington by acknowledging progress, but also work that still needs to be done.

"We have made progress, but not gotten there yet," said Hollis Watkins, who attended the March on Washington.

"The Dream is nowhere near realized," Watkins added.

Back in 1963, Hollis Watkins helped bring Mississippians to D.C., where crowds packed The National Mall for the March on Washington, where thousands rallied for job equality and freedom. 

That's where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

"I worked with Dr., king I had met and sat in meetings with Dr. King," Watkins said.

Fifty years later, thousands have packed The National Mall again to rally and honor civil rights history. 

Martin Luther King Jr's son said his father's dream has not been realized, others agree. 

One example is the Supreme's Court's recent decision to strike down a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 

"There's no way you should be changing provisions with civil rights, voting rights you know what I'm saying there's no way it should be happening right now," said Priscilla Sterling, a relative of Emmitt Till.

On Saturday she spoke during a local observance for the March on Washington. 

Sterling says a major component of Dr. King's dream, racial harmony, is slow coming and believes a multicultural education in Mississippi is key.

"You would help change the perception of people especially children. That's where my mindset changed because I grew up during integration," Sterling added.

Despite what some call a lack of civil rights progress, Watkins believes the 50th Anniversary Memorials are a step in the right direction.

"Younger ones can be a part of that and get a feeling and see how yesterday and today is connected," Watkins said.

Wednesday marks the actual anniversary of The March on Washington.

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