Lauren E. Banks, an actor, 22, drove from North Carolina with her mother, Dr....
Lauren E. Banks, an actor, 22, drove from North Carolina with her mother, Dr. Albertina Smith, 50, a pediatrician in Durham and her grandmother, Lula Glover, 69, of Charlotte who has been known to skydive.
Lauren: “I came because 50 years ago, my grandmother came.” “I pledge to dedicate my art to preserving the stories of yesterday and today that might inspire the capturing the dreams of Dr. King, my mother, my grandmother and of children to come.”
Albertina: “I’m here representing my patient population, 90 percent of which is on Medicaid and 50 percent of which is Hispanic. North Carolina is beginning to disenfranchise them. They are not expanding Medicaid, there is a loss of benefits including food stamps, mothers are not receiving prenatal care. I’m fighting against the policies of North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory.” In 50 years, “I want access to good, healthy programs, medicine and for children to attend preschool.”
Lula: “At the first march I was eight months pregnant with Albertina. I came today to commemorate, remember and encourage. “In 50 years, when we have this march, I hope we’re not marching for the same things. I want to inspire children by teaching them to be leaders.”