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Civil rights icon shares March on Washington memories

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From the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom to today's rededication to realize the dream, and many historic commemorations in between Betty Waller Gray and her daughter Leonetty have shared them together.

Betty was a 17 year old high school graduate when she and her twin Barbara joined their mother for the 1963 march for jobs and freedom. Today's anniversary was emotional.

"Just to be here almost brings tears to my eyes because I know what we were here for in 1963 and I think about my mother, if she were living she would be here".

Betty came with her daughter, a Richmond teacher. Both women were overjoyed by a chance meeting with one of their heroes, former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers Williams. She and her husband Medgar Evers both prominent activists, worked along with Dr. King to end segregation and ensure voting rights. Medgar Evers was assassinated on their driveway two months before the 1963 march.

"This is something very special for all Americans truly to come back 50 years later and assess the progress that has been made as well as things that we need to do" said Evers Williams.

"I just want to be here so that I can share my experience with my students when I get back to school to let them know how important it is to be involved in civic activities and civic duties and their voting rights" said Leonetty.

A Richmond mother and daughter even more committed to the cause after a meeting with an icon of the movement.

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