Transcript for Remembering The March on Washington
When Luther king stood up to address the march on Washington fifty years ago today his prepared speech did not include the words I have a dream. He used that phrase before but his advisors wanted something new. And then singer my Hilliard Jackson called up from the audience tell them about the dream. And Doctor King ad -- the words that still resonate today. Two teenage girls from Arkansas travel to Washington that day and today they came back to watch as an African American president addressed the nation. ABC's Byron Pitts talks to them about what has changed. And what has not. Yeah yeah. With songs and symbols from the struggle. A new generation of the faithful. Ten weeks despite somebody now who have given us a -- lubricate. We -- -- job that brought us a long way you brought us our best place to amazing grace. The famous he challenged us to see -- we all are more alike. Then we are different the -- stood before the link from a more or the march on Washington teaches us that we are not -- By the mistakes of history. That we are masters of our -- But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be capped when we work to get. The numbers -- Much smaller an estimated 30000. Compared to the record quarter million who gathered fifty years ago for one of the most important speeches in American history weekend. Happy about it. Longer loved children a -- about felt. Rob a bad thing they did -- behind stating for whites only. Fifty years ago fearful of the potential blowback most politicians stayed away. Not this time. Martin -- -- king. Urged his crowd not to drink from the cup of bitterness. But to reach across the racial divide up. Because he said. We cannot walk alone. Their destiny is tied up -- our best and their freedom is inextricably. Bound. To our freedom. And I think. Well no I got decaying body reacted to have -- than 830. -- thousand. African American men and president. Five -- as many as when I left office. And -- 13 of all African American males being destined to be at present in a lifetime. The stories of ordinary people like Sara Davidson and Diana wants an easy raised in Arkansas. Could this time were welcome to Washington like stars. In 1960 treated to if you came here is negro girls that 6815. That -- -- -- you come back fifty years later ends. Professional -- woman who have. Made a difference in America since 1963 made some very positive that this she's a retired school teacher. I've done resurgent dollar lots of volunteer work I came here as a young girls never leave in Arkansas before. Being exposed to this city in this -- and the monuments here and is it moved me -- It took away some of -- and feelings failed because after Martin Luther King told us to. Think positive and to go home and help our our families and our communities and we did -- In 1963 they rode a bus from Arkansas. This time -- of their friends the children and grandchildren friends make that same trip. All of those ideals that outside lab and made to what we could be able the other day and -- in -- slip away. -- -- The bus broke down on the way but nothing to break their resolve to get -- Sarah and Diana were waiting to welcome yeah. -- Emotionally were you today compared to years emotionally fifty years ago. I was sad and angry. Sad because. Live in an Arkansas and get treated as a second class citizen was not a very good feeling. I was angry when I came here. And emotionally. When I heard -- the King's Speech. I'd -- with a different kind of billing because he had a dream and a vision fifty years ago is tampering so they endured far worse than -- bus routes. They survived the worst of segregation that first. Inches came ten years old when I saw the Little -- night. I went to little rock and there were a national guards walking out around the streets and it was scary. And very upsetting for ten year old and -- just begin to. Nobody Spain's and look at the colored band room -- a -- -- Having to travel on Greyhound did you -- less than. Yes I did yes I did. In few people know that feeling better than Georgia congressman John Lewis. A -- son from Alabama who suffered beatings and arrests in the sixties and as he puts it stood in segregation -- At the 63 march he spoke with -- today who spoke with context. We don't in -- proudly walk or ride because they what you want to stay -- all crime and theft there why. Song. The most obvious being the greatest Google's the year remains deeply you did it in American coastline could. -- they live stop the Princeton New York. It's right -- mark the occasion more than. -- admiration and couples live good unemployment. The -- instead of -- golden right. And in 1961. Lewis was twenty theory gained 34 you still -- I grew up when you have been city -- -- -- -- -- The someone walk -- that's billion. -- -- hot water -- call feeling and you -- you're committed to nonviolence into grew up. The board of freedom -- In 1961. The same year the president Barack Obama was born. And to be beaten he had to grow. So glad -- time of them want to Washington. 123. But I was little older person an old -- -- -- -- in Washington the old soul stood with the young. The words of doctor -- relevant now as they were fifty years ago. Forget all local content of this how much. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- We made it real for the promises of democracy. We might not face the same dangers of -- -- 63. The fierce urgency of now remains. We may never duplicate year. The swelling crowds and battling recession but nowadays so long ago no one can match -- is brilliant but the same plane that let. The heart of all. More willing to take her first governor for just does not know that Lieberman's. For two friends from Arkansas much -- change in America since 1963. Like the country they love. A little -- and perhaps wiser and still moving -- -- sweet -- -- -- I'm Byron Pitts in Washington.
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