Local Woman Remembers her March on Washington

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HARRISONBURG, Va. Celebrations and memorial services will go on across the Valley Monday to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Barbara Lee, who lives in Staunton, participated in the "March on Washington," said these events aren't so much a celebration of how far we have come, but how much further we still need to go.

Lee was 15 years old when she marched in Washington and said it was a rewarding experience to return to march.

In 1963, she said a lot of people worried about getting in trouble by participating, but 50 years later, she was shocked by the size and diversity in the crowd.

But, she said we still have a long way to go and the more generations that pass, the more invisible color will become.

"Your age group is not going to have a problem because you are marching on. You know, this is irrelevant to you people. Thank God, it is becoming irrelevant. So, I'm saying it is going to change, but it will take time," said Lee.

Lee is excited to participate in Staunton's Candelight March and Memorial Service Monday night.

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