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Atlantans return from celebrating March on Washington


Busloads of people returned to Atlanta from the nation's capital Sunday evening.

They spent the weekend there taking part in activities celebrating the March on Washington.

The chartered buses were unloaded outside Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach.

Stephanie Grian took her 9-year-old daughter on the trip.

"It was a wonderful experience. I just wanted to be there to celebrate the 50th anniversary," said Grain. "There were a lot of speakers like Rev. Al Sharpton and John Lewis was there, so inspiring."

Fifty years ago, more than 250,000 people traveled to Washington D.C. for what is considered the largest civil rights demonstration in history.

Grain said King's message was alive and well this weekend.

"You could see the seriousness of it on the older people. I think the younger people were there because they are more curious to see what it was like," said Grain.

It's that curiosity that elders like Charles Alphin Sr. hopes will help to continue the work in regard to King's dream.

"It was to impress upon people that together we can change this," he said. "Dr. King was a moral leader of this nation. We have to be inclusive in our solutions."

The festivities continue in the nation's capital leading up to the anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march.

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