Locals Reflect on March on Washington Anniversary

Meridian, Miss. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Newscenter 11 caught up with some locals who are reflecting on that day when Dr. King delivered his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech.

Della Thedford and Mississippi state Rep. Charles Young, Jr., were two of several locals who traveled to the nation's capitol in the days leading up to the golden anniversary. Thedford, who was 15 at the time, remembers the day with excitement.

"I didn't really realize what I was watching at the time," said Thedford. "I just knew that something good was going to happen. I mean, you could just feel that something great was going to happen."

Young was one-year-old when the March on Washington occurred. However his father, Charles Young, Sr., was one of thousands who took part.

"This was unexplored territory, and people didn't know if they were going to be struck down when they went, and if there would be a day after," Young said.

Examining what has happened since the now famous march, both Thedford and Young agree that progress has been made, but say that more is needed.

"There's still a dream. The dream has not yet come to fruition," said Thedford. "I think the dream is still in the hearts of those who want to make changes."

"One of the things that I try to talk with the constituents in the community about is that the people have the power," said Young. "Right now we're allowing government to exercise power. We have to always have hope. We can never live and truly experience life if you don't maintain hope."