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Washington County group to travel to Washington Saturday

Community contingent to mark 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

August 22, 2013
  • Samuel Key assembles a banner at Taylor Park in Keedysville in this Herald-Mail file photo. Key, president of the Washington County chapter of the NAACP, said Thursday that about 12 to 15 people, including several youth, will be taking a bus to Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Herald-Mail file photo

A local contingent is planning to head to the nation’s capital on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Samuel Key, president of the Washington County chapter of the NAACP, said Thursday that about 12 to 15 people, including several youth, will be taking a bus to Washington, D.C., for the day of events.

Educating youth about the Rev. Martin Luther King and his dream of civil rights and equality for all is the real message behind the march, Key said.

“We’re trying to keep that alive,” he said.

Along with local NAACP members, other local residents from the local United Auto Workers and AFL-CIO branches are expected to attend, Key said, although he was unsure how many would make the trip.

“We’re just trying to make it a community group,” he said.

The majority of bus and car traffic will be directed to park at nearby RFK Stadium. Attendees going to the event will have to take the Metro in from there, Key said.

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The NAACP gathering will start at 8:15 a.m. at the Washington Monument, before walking over to the Lincoln Memorial for the start of Saturday’s program.

Speakers are scheduled to start at 10 a.m., followed by a march to the MLK Memorial starting at 12:30 p.m.

— C.J. Lovelace

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