WASHINGTON, D.C. -- People from across the country retraced the steps of Martin Luther King Jr., marching on Washington to mark the 50 year anniversary of the movement for jobs and freedom that was led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Reverend Al Sharpton led the day-long demonstration, which was co-sponsored by the National Action Network. He was joined in the crowd by several Central New Yorkers, including community activist Walt Dixie.
Other community members who made the trip said it was so inspiring to be a part of history this time around.
"Being there, being a part of it, being a part of history, it moves me. It moves me a great deal. The whole time I was there I was thinking, if only my mother could have been here, if only my grandmother could have been here. And the stories they could tell. The work that they had done. If it wasn't for their footsteps. I knew all the time I was there that we were walking in the footsteps of our leaders," Melody Holmes said.
The parents of Trayvon Martin also took the stage at the rally to push for an end to the controversial Stand Your Ground Laws. The rally was also aimed at stopping racial profiling by police and expanding gay rights.