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Mahoning Valley residents travel to observe March on Washington anniversary

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 100 people from the Mahoning Valley boarded two busses and traveled all night, approximately 6 hours and more than 310 miles to Washington, D.C.

All wanting to be part of a historic event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the August 28th, 1963 "March on Washington."

That's when Dr. Martin Luther King Junior called for an end to racism as he delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech.

But this historic March on Washington, five decades later was not only a celebration, but a continuation for some who believe a new generation needs to remember what people fought and died for not so long ago.

"After being here I feel even more inspired to make sure that I tell every young person that I know and everyone that I come into contact with and ask them if they are registered to vote, because the vote is so very important. The strides we have made are because they have come out and they have voted," says Lucy Moreland-Smith of Youngstown.

For others, reflecting on this moment, means carrying the baton to the next generation. So that those still fighting for equality in the work place, the justice system, as well as the issue of same sex marriage won't walk alone.

"Whether you agree or disagree with gay marriage or whatever they have a right to be treated equally and respected. And I think that also had it's beginnings in this movement,"

A movement and a vision that defined history and continues to empower so many today.

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