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Beverly Johnson headed to The National Action to Realize the Dream March in Washington, DC Beverly Johnson headed to The National Action to Realize the Dream March in Washington, DC
Martin Luther King, Jr. speech on National Mall in 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. speech on National Mall in 1963
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The 28th of August marks 50-years since Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a quarter of a million people in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The demonstration featured King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech and set the stage for both the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

There are many people from Greater Cleveland attending that historic March on Washington.

Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Pastor Emeritus of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, was a personal friend of Dr. King's.

"The March on Washington, we might say, is an overflow of a combination of dozens of other movements in various communities all united under a single determination for freedom, jobs and justice and a transformation," said Dr. Moss. 

Beverly Johnson was just a young girl in 1963.  She's heading to D.C. and taking four teens with her aboard one of the 12 buses to commemorate the march's 50th anniversary.

"I want them to know they do matter," said Beverly.

"The National Action to Realize the Dream March" takes place in D.C. on Saturday, August, 24. 

Next Wednesday, August 28, from 7-11 p.m. Bounce TV will air a documentary called King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis.

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