Selmians to attend anniversary of march

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Marvin Wiggins was not yet born when the March on Washington took place in 1963.

But when the 40th anniversary of the march is held Saturday in Washington, D.C., Wiggins plans to be there to pay a debt he feels he owes.

Wiggins joins a handful of Selmians who will be making the journey to Washington by bus Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the march.

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It was during the original March on Washington that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous &uot;I Have a Dream&uot; speech.

March organizers hope to capitalize on the familiarity of that speech to inspire a new generation, according to said Tarana Burke, a spokeswoman with 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, a co-convener of the anniversary march.

The march is co-sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Children’s Defense Fund and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It is being led by Martin Luther King III.

The theme of the march is &uot;Return, Repair, Renew &045;&045; From the Sit-in Generation to the Hip-Hop Generation.&uot; The schedule of events includes a prayer vigil, poetry jam, teach-ins and the mass rally on Saturday.

Sam Walker, a volunteer consultant with the National Voting Rights Institute and Museum, noted that the original march was the first national civil rights protest. &uot;Now, 40 years later, we’re calling on the hip-hop generation to become the new activists,&uot; Walker added.

Wiggins said that while many things have improved since the original march, the challenges faced by those in the movement today are in many ways more difficult.

The bus for Washington leaves Friday at 6 p.m. from the Voting Rights Museum. Cost is $25 for students and $45 for adults. For reservations or information contact the museum at 418-0800.