The March on Washington: A Look Back

ABC News' Rob Nelson talks with civil rights pioneers on the historic "March on Washington."
4:52 | 02/28/13

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In -- like he's doing on this morning we're taking a look back at one of the most pivotal days in the struggle for civil rights on August 28 1963. Nearly a quarter of a million people took part in the march -- -- Washington. It was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital. And recently I sat down some of those who lived at. It was the greatest thing that happened. In the twin -- that changed the racial attitudes and visual. Energy it was a most who needs you. Regularly protests and I have ever seen. -- -- a game. We in my drive through the majestic heights. Of meeting physical forward -- role. I think we chain's history. It was a moment in time when we had to keep. Things going. And I. I was just happened to complete the group part of the world that massive protest Korman together. Morphed into what I -- -- time. At this a lunch in the heart of Harlem here they -- A former Tuskegee -- -- university leader. A retired judge and former freedom rider as well as an educator and former national bar association president. Fifty years ago though they were strangers brought together by a march a mission. That raise the consciousness of a country. I think the people -- had a vision. They expected. To add one thing there would be a president of the United States who was black and that exists today. But. We -- -- so -- That we as African Americans need it the right to vote. -- and energizing thing because there were losing before the -- act was passed. But the energy from 63. Was interviewed -- Johnson used to help -- -- access. I guess I had my own idea what the march was supposed to be approaches -- was supposed to be more stern and and more Portland has been more discipline I guess but people would have been fun but you can with a sense -- power. And that power redefined America stirred by hundreds of thousands of protesters and most memorably. By the words of a Georgian minister. Yeah not bat an -- that we will not be -- I don't know -- -- -- roll down like Guadalupe. And right doesn't have not provided. -- -- America's attention. The world knew that there you're -- -- you demanding. First class citizenship. -- -- -- -- But he was also a worry he was a soldier in the -- the -- and he was -- That only for black people before white people as well. The one thing about marxism. Even -- time -- third on the all black. But velocity maybe twenty -- do why. America I have given the negro people a bad -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And I. Words that still resonate fifty years later. African Americans have been given that bad check talk insufficient funds. And we have still today. Daily been given a bad check -- insufficient funds. Much has evolved since that peaceful August day back in 1963. But for those who lived -- their memories are still clear the lessons still profound. In the sense of hope. Still have a presence regain power. Well we also lost power because we started taking things for granted we've got to -- -- brought us so to bridge the -- of the world community organization. -- program we all want. We have the same basic genetic structure we may not have the same abilities but that's where education comes -- to help reach out and that. How -- I would say. We've come a long way but we've got -- much longer weeks ago and you've got to get educated. And keep getting educated. In order to move. Everyone in America forward. It was incredible to sit down and have lunch with those fellas in Harlem -- and has such -- vivid. Memories that has he ever that generally -- on the on the far -- is -- closest to me is in his ninety's and as -- alerts and an end to -- that day. As anybody it was really an amazing was it was a living history lesson so. Going forward so what they said -- You know it resonates and people carried forward fifteen years there wasn't credible there really is really -- --

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