WASHINGTON (WMAR) - Dozens loaded the buses with memories. Those memories were of how things used to be, and the fight their ancestors fought to make a change.
Baltimoreans of all ages gathered at New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore early Saturday morning. They arrived one-by-one but were making the trip together.
From Charm City to the Nation's Capital -- these riders were headed to the other side of the beltway. They were set to join the tens of thousands of people gathered to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Most people have heard the stories or read them in a history book. The stories exchanged today on the ride to D.C. were enough for a book on its own
"You had older and younger people exchanging stories," said ABC2 News Multimedia Journalist Pete O'neal.
O'neal rode to Washington with the group and documented the experience with video and pictures.
"They discussed the changes in history," O'neal added. The older riders talked about how it was living in a pre-desegregation time.
Some younger riders say they were empowered to continue the fight for Martin Luther King, Jr's dream following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
"One woman said she couldn't go down for the original march... but she said she had to come down for this one. She's 65-years-old now," O'neal described.
The woman was only 15-years-old when Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
It was a dream for a better world -- a dream for equality. This dream still resonated with people today.
Calls for justice and equality flooded the streets of D.C. People fought to keep Dr. King's dream alive.
Baltimore joined people from across the country and felt right at home in Washington.
They stood through the speeches, cheered, and most of all -- they remembered.
At the blink of an eye, It was time to load the busses again. The riders rode back to Baltimore with smiles on their faces and songs in their hearts.
They made it back to Baltimore with a renewed sense of hope and a mission -- a mission to carry on the dream.
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