What is your most lasting memory of your participating in the march?
I was just overwhelmed. I saw old women — at the time they appeared to me to be old; they had to be in their 40s and 50s — sitting on the curb wiping their faces, with straw hats. It was very, very hot.
It was just people everywhere. I had never seen that many folks where it was mixed, where it was black and white people, a very diverse crowd. Nobody was laughing dancing or joking. You could tell that it was very, very serious.
I had never experienced all of these people marching and walking in unison and orderly, quietly, people hugging. I saw no incident. None.
Dr. King spoke of his dream for America. Where do you think we are as a society in fulfilling that dream?
I think we got a long ways to go but I do think that there’s been a lot of changes. I don’t think you’ll ever see what Martin Luther King dreamed in reality, in total. I think we’ll always have to strive for perfection.
The dream that he had is a perfect world and I think that in order to be perfect, you have to continue to work at it.