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NC reverend recalls March on Washington 50 years ago

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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech." Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech."

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech."

There have been many changes over the decades, but some argue more needs to be done before Dr. King's dream is realized.

50 years ago, the Rev. Edmond Coston took the day off work and drove from his then home in Wilmington, DE to Washington, DC.

"I really wanted to be a part of the march," recalls Coston.

Feeling a little nervous because of talks of potential fights breaking out, the then 34-year-old went anyway, because he said he wanted to hear what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had to say.

"I wanted to hear what he had to say about the condition of our people being oppressed," said Coston.

Since then Coston says a lot has changed.

"I no longer have to sit in the back of the bus, schools are integrated, hotels and motels are integrated," he explained.  However, he says there is still more to do, especially in North Carolina where the Voter ID Bill just became law.

"Voting rights are being oppressed," said Coston. "It seems like we want to go back to 1963 or beyond."

That's why he went back to the nation's capitol Saturday, to retrace his steps from half a century ago. He says he was struck by how many more people and how many younger people there were this time around.

"As soon as we came around the corner, I saw people, people, people all across the mall," said Coston.  He says seeing all of the people gives him hope that Dr. King's dream will one day become a reality.

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