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Lynchburg pays tribute to 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 28 2013 10:20:54 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 11:27:46 PM EDT

About 30 people came out to a church along Oakley Avenue to honor Dr. King.

LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Wednesday marked 50 years since Doctor Martin Luther King Junior shared his dream of racial equality to the nation.

About 30 people came out along Oakley Avenue in Lynchburg to honor Dr. King in our area.

Some of the people at Wednesday’s ceremony made the march 50 years ago and wanted to share their stories.

Mayor Michael Gillette was there with past city leaders to talk about how far they have come as a community.

Gillette said while they’ve come a long way, there's still a lot of work to do to help eliminate any and all racial divides.

"It's not even history,” he said. “Many of the problems we faced 50 years ago we still face today so we need to remain dedicated to our improvement."

There was also a passing of the torch ceremony to encourage the younger generations to choose peace over violence.

"I think that there is a lot to celebrate and I think we should be proud of our achievements, but we also have to recognize there are some deep biases and prejudices in our society,” said Gillette. “It's certainly true nationwide and we can't deny that it's true here in Lynchburg and we all need to pull together to work together."