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Priscilla Mcleod(MacLloyd)Robinson shares her memory about the March on Washington

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Priscilla Mcleod(pronounced MacLloyd)Robinson was only 17 years old, living in her hometown of Petersburg, Virginia when she traveled to Washington, D.C. in 1963 to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream Speech."  She has been living in the Charleston area for more than 30 years now.  Tuesday, she shares her memory about the March on Washington 50 years later.

Priscilla Mcleod(MacLloyd) Robinson, heard Dr. King speak 50 years ago-"We left Petersburg early in the morning and arrive in Washington.  It was kind of raining as we left, but when we got to Washington, the sun came out it was quite bright, quite beautiful.  But the entire trip to Washington, those of us on the bus were extremely apprehensive.  We were very afraid.  Because we have been warned that their was going to be rioting and that was going to be a dangerous march.  It was asked that we cancelled the march, but never the less we went on."

"The March getting off the bus and seeing the tremendous mixture of people.  Different types of people was quite impressive for us because in my hometown of Petersburg, our movement of picket lines were predominately black. 

We did have, every now and then, 1 or 2 caucasians who would participate with us on the picket line or sitting in. But I never expected the large line or sitting in.  But I never expected the large number of other ethnic groups that we encounted when we got to Washington for the March.  So that was quite uplifting.  We could not believe that we had that many people that had been supporting the movement from all across the nation, from all across the world.  We are still judging, prejudging people based on not only the color of their skin, but economics, where they live, what side of town they live on.  And it's going to take a long time."

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