Sharon “Shaye” Jackson, 67 born in DC lives in Maryland: “I was 17 at the...
Sharon “Shaye” Jackson, 67 born in DC lives in Maryland: “I was 17 at the first march Aug. 28, 1963. I remember most of the speeches and how proud and empowered I felt. What stands out is that it was in color when I was here, but on TV everything was black and white. I came to encourage young people and to continue to pass this on. I came out of my love for Trayvon Martin, who is like Emmitt Till. In 50 years, I hope that globally all evil is eradicated and there is justice for all of Gods people and peace.”
Tracy Felton, 48, Maryland: “This is a historic event and I wanted to show my son and niece something that most people don’t experience. I never want them to forget the work that Malcolm and Martin did. They need to know that the freedom they have was not always there."
Barbara Gibbs, 60, Maryland: “I’m trained to teach Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence and 50 years ago I wasn’t here. I’d like to see Dr. King’s dream come true so that people treat each other as kindly and as generously as possible. It would be nice if war would come to an end. I hope there is peace in the world.”
George Felton, 49: “I came to close the loop. My mother was here 50 years ago. She and my father were educators in Fairfax, Va. and told ‘if you Negroes march you won’t have a job.’ My father, who is still living and was the second Black school principal in this area, thought it was best that only one of them risk their jobs.”