Augustans reenact King's March on Washington

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

January 15, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Today, the nation honors a man who died fighting for equality. Many services are being held around the area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This year, Dr. King was remembered in a new way in Augusta.

The 1963 March on Washington was one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement and in Dr. King's life.

Today in downtown Augusta, the Laney Museum and the Golf Hall of Fame organized a reenactment of the famous March.

"We wanted the youth to get a real experience for what it was like," said organizer Anthony Page.

"Since I'm only 15, I wasn't there when it happened," said participant Brianna Banks. "I think it's great to see how it was, to get a piece of it."

USC Aiken student Matthew Cadill recited Dr. King's full 17-minute speech as part of the event.

"It's empowering to do this speech, to do it well," he said.

News 12 also caught up with John Ivey, who attended the March in 1963. "I didn't really understand then what was really going on as I understand now," he said.

"Somehow, we kind of get disconnected from it just a little bit," Page said. "It was a powerful moment in American history."

This was only supposed to be a one time event, but organizers say the turnout was so good today, they plan to do this again next year.


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