March On Washington Marks 50th Anniversary
It has been 50 years since the historic March on Washington. INSIDE EDITION followed a group of citizens on their journey to the nation's capital to celebrate the occasion.
A bus load of people are traveling to Washington for the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in American history.
Watch The Bus' Journey To Washington
They traveled the same way back on August 28th, 1963, where more than a quarter-of-a-million Americans from all over the nation gathered for the March on Washington. The event was highlighted by Dr. Martin Luther King's immortal "I Have A Dream" speech.
The people also heard from a then-unknown 23-year-old John Lewis, who stirred the crowd with his passionate words, "We do not want our freedom gradually. We want to be free now!"
Georgia Congressman John Lewis is now 50 years older, but no less dedicated.
He told INSIDE EDITION, "I looked out and saw hundreds and thousands of people, black and white. It was very pleasing to see that whole group come in from Hollywood, the entertainers, the musicians."
Charlton Heston, James Garner, Harry Belafonte, Dianne Carroll, Paul Newman and Marlon Brando were front-and-center when young John Lewis spoke.
Lewis told INSIDE EDITION, “When I was finished speaking, Dr. King said, ‘You did a good job, John.’"
The march was a turning point for America, leading to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is why a group of people boarded a bus bound for the 50th anniversary commemoration.
One woman was just a baby in 1963. She told INSIDE EDITION, "I was born two days before the original march."
But another man was there in 1963 and he's returning now, half-a-century later. He said, "We have accomplished 10,000 things, but we have 10,000 things that need to be done."
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