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St. Louisans Prepare For Trip to Mark MLK Anniversary

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - This Saturday, August 24, the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.

Buses from across the nation will be headed to Washington D.C. this week and in St. Louis, Leslie Broadnax says organizers have filled nearly three buses.

“We have gotten lots a women contacting us, wanting to take their children because of the historical aspect. We have gotten lots of out-of-town group that are coming,” Broadnax says.

Organizers say it will be a long ride but not without some on-board activity.

“It’s also our plan while on the bus to replay some video footage of the speeches as well as other things that were popular during the civil rights time,” Broadnax explains.

The anniversary will be celebrated at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, the place where King made his plea for racial equality in 1963. There will also be a march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Saturday’s events will be followed by a week of activities.

“I’m excited about how far we have come as a nation,” Broadnax, who is in her 30s, says. “I myself have been afforded a lot of opportunities because of the civil rights movement but I also understand some of the struggles that we as African-Americans still have, that we as the United States still have.”

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