Memphians Travel To DC To Recreate Civil Rights History

(Memphis) She’s known around her neighborhood as Mother King, but 50 years ago, she was just Georgia.

Georgia traveled some 250 miles from Roanoke, Virginia, to Washington DC to protest civil rights violations — and she did it on foot.

“It was also a very dangerous walk, we had a power with us no greater than ourselves,” said King.

Back then she planned to go to Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, but missed the bus.

So, when the National Civil Rights museum offered a trip this year, guess who showed up almost two hours early?

“It’s just a positive moment in this time and history,” said King.

The group will gather on the National mall, just like back then.

Marilyn Simmons pointed out this busload of diversity leaves Memphis with excitement, but 50 years ago, such a bus out of Memphis would be filled with fear.

“To go without any trouble is privileged,” said Simmons.

It seemed Martin Luther King gave his blessing from above — a rainbow appeared over the bus as the group loaded up.

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