Group travels to Washington DC for 50th anniversary of march


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – August 28, 2013 marks 50 years since the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday night, a group left Louisville and headed to the nation’s capitol. Equality, justice, freedom, the fight for those rights started so many years ago.

Now, 50 years after the March on Washington, a group of Kentuckians is traveling back to show that the fight continues with them.

Barbara Boyd watched the march on TV 50 years ago.

“Some of us witnessed all the struggles that we went through when that march originally went on. The dogs, the water hose, the people being arrested,” she explained.

She and so many others wished they could’ve been there in person, to see Dr. King deliver his famous speech.

“He marched for me and I’m marching for y’all and I want y’all to march for your kids as well,” Kenny Smith, a photographer said.

Boyd helped organize this trip to Washington. In part, to make sure that young people like her grandson had the chance to be a part of history. Her grandson Tyler said, “If my granny hadn’t started it, we wouldn’t be going right now, we would be watching it on TV. Now, we’re one of those thousands of people in DC marching on Washington.”

Two buses were loaded with signs and luggage. More than one hundred people are making the journey to stand where their ancestors once stood.

“Just feeling that spot there, that I was there, just as the people before us,” said one woman. Smith agreed, “I want to be the one to pick up the torch and keep it moving.”

The grandsons of the late Dr. J. Blain Hudson, once one of the most prominent voices in Louisville’s African-American community will be making the trip.

“My grandfather, Dr. Blain Hudson, would always talk about how you have to know the future, how you have to know the past, to move on with the future,” Jalil Hudson said. 

The group hit the road Friday night. They’ll be in DC for about 9 hours before heading back to Louisville.