INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Memories of 1963 are still fresh for the people who were there for the March on Washington 50 years ago.
Busloads of people traveled from Indianapolis to be there. Some were union members, others were affiliated with the Urban League.
Cordelia Lewis-Burks, now the Vice Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party, went to the March on Washington because she had experienced racism.
"I think it was after the March, after the speech," she said, "that we realized the impact it would have."
Reverend Richard Hamilton, a retired Methodist minister, was there because, he says, he was "taken" by Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It was a wonderful atmosphere, really, even before King spoke," he said. "People were glad to see each other."
Hamilton says he knew he was witnessing history.
"And I really did have just a kind of sense that this was going to be a turning point in the country," he said. "It didn't do away with all the problems but it changed the atmosphere and the sense of hope. People left there on a high note."
"And we knew that our responsibility was to come back," said Lewis-Burks, "and get our community registered to vote and get them out to vote and that was our mission."
For Cordelia Lewis-Burks the mission continues. She believes that the issues that prompted the March on Washington, economic and educational disparity and voting rights, still affect minorities.
"I'm hoping that everybody is cognizant," she said, "of the fact that the march continues and we've got to do more than march."
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