Selma resident recalls March on Washington 40 years later

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 24, 2003

Larry Lundy was not yet out of high school in 1963 when he hopped on a bus with a handful of other teens and adults to join what history remembers as simply the March on Washington.

After a quick stop in Birmingham to meet up with other Alabama groups heading to Washington, they traveled for two days before finally reaching their destination in Washington, D.C.

The Green Street Baptist Church sponsored Lundy on the trip he made with 20 or so others from Selma, including the Rev. L.L. Anderson, Amelia Boynton and Marie Foster.

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Lundy recalls the march to the Lincoln Memorial being a very long and hot walk.

Lundy said everyone stood as the different speakers took to the podium, the last being the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was during this moment, at the end of a long day, that the tired and travel weary group heard King’s now famous &uot;I Have A Dream&uot; speech.

Lundy said he does not have to look far to see the results the March on Washington inspired. He attributes his long career with the Selma Police Department to King and the other civil rights leaders who were there that day.

Lundy said he and the others left Washington to return home after King’s speech, and he has never been back.

It has been 40 years since the March on Washington, but King’s dream still continues on, never to be forgotten by there people who were there and the future generations who will keep the memory alive.