50 Years Later: Local Woman Remembers the March on Washington

August 28, 2013

Laura Robinson was 49-years-old when she marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak.

Now she is 99-years-old and will turn 100 in October, but she still remembers the speech as if it happened yesterday.

“We were kind of close because we had gone down early. We knew better than the folks who had come up on the buses,” says Robinson.

At the time Robinson and her husband were living in D.C. but explained that it was a long walk down to the memorial site.

Something Robinson noticed while she was listening to Dr. King speak was the diversity in the crowd.

“There were white people in that march along with black people,” says Robinson.

This was a different scene for her, as segregation was still present in her everyday life. She looked at it as a sign of hope that racism and discrimination could one day cease to exist, but today, she says racism is still an issue.

“In some instances it has (changed), but you still see racism in this country, it's still there” says Robinson.

She just hopes people continue to follow Dr. Martin Luther King's dream and learn to love one another.

Robinson explained that if you don't love your neighbor as you love yourself, you aren't doing very much.


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