History comes to life on 50th March on Washington anniversary - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

History comes to life on 50th March on Washington anniversary

Posted:

Join the Facebook conversation.

WASHINGTON D.C. (WFLX) - People across the nation are celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's iconic "I have a Dream" speech.

It was on this week in 1963 when people from across the country made their way to hear that famous speech.

Among the 250,000 marchers was a South Florida man who is now telling students what it was like when he was their age. "Fifty years ago, seems like it was just yesterday, but here we are, today, 50 years later."

Dr. Walter Richardson spent the anniversary at Glades Central High School where he told students he was their age, 15 years old, when he attended the 1963 March on Washington.

In a room of 400 students, Richardson told them what it was like growing up in the South -- drinking from separate water fountains and being spat upon. "To put someone, who walked in the same place where MLK was 50 years ago and to put them in front of our students, it makes history come alive."

Elizabeth Zdrodowski is a teacher and librarian at the school. "This is just another way that we can reach out to our students and bring the words off of the history books and right in front of them in walking, talking form."

For sophomore Genese African, this experience has sparked her interest to learn more. "He expressed how he was 15. I'm 15 right now, and to know that he was there, trying to make a change, that inspires me to do the same."

African says 50 years from now, she plans on bringing her children to the 100th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Copyright 2013 WFLX. All Rights Reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Ocean Springs man's outlook inspires those around him

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:38:59 GMT
    June 4, 2008 Steven Lowery dove into a local river, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many would have become depressed and withdrawn. But Steven's remarkable outlook on life is inspiring others.More >>
    June 4, 2008 is the day that Steven Lowery's life changed forever. That day he was spending time with friends at a local river. He dove in, broke his neck, and was left paralyzed. Many people suffering that tragedy would have become withdrawn and distant. But you don't know Steven and his remarkable outlook on life.More >>
  • Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Spring breakers enjoy the coast

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:00:18 GMT
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
    It was a busy day on the beaches of Biloxi Saturday, as people came out to enjoy the sun on the second day of Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.