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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Many events are planned locally and in Washington, D.C., where some local residents will be in attendance.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee of the Mahoning Valley sponsored a bus trip the nation’s capitol to take part in the march. The bus left at midnight Tuesday from New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.
“This trip is an extension of our commitment to keep Dr. King’s dream of equality for all alive. We strongly believe this trip is part of our theme for this year, “The Struggle for Justice: Owning Our Past, Claiming Our Future,” said Jaladah Aslam, MLK Planning Committee.
YSU hosted an event Wednesday afternoon in the Chestnut Room at Kilcawley Center.
Many landmarks in Washington, D.C. were closed from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.to accommodate the large crowd.
More than 250,000 people attended the original march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Wednesday’s ceremony wraps up a week-long series of events held at the nation’s capitol.