Life After March on Washington

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- For Doris Allen and Doris Bomberger, America 50 years ago was black and white.

"What will go down as the greatest demonstration of freedom in our nation," said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

"I haven't seen a white only sign for umpteen years and I saw a lot in my day," said Allen who participated in the March on Washington 50 years ago.

"Eating in restaurants was difficult, to eat with a black person," said Bomberger, who remembers the March on Washington and living with segregation.

Fifty years ago, segregation prevented Bomberger and Allen from going to the same schools.

Today the two women, both in their 80s share the same first name and also share something else.

They're living in the same retirement home and both vividly remember the March on Washington and what it meant for America.

Doris Bomberger was a teacher at EMU at that time.

"His repetition was so effective," said Bomberger.

For Allen and Bomberger that dream has been somewhat realized with the election of a black president.

"Helping with the sick and the needy, believing in the health of others," said Allen, noting the similarities between King and President Barack Obama.

"We rightly and best remember Dr. King's soaring oratory that day," said President Barack Obama.


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