Rock Hill NAACP to lead group to March on Washington anniversary

Posted August 21, 2013 7:11 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

This weekend, Americans from across the country will descend on our nation’s capital for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.

The civil rights leader took to the streets on August 28, 1963 with two hundred thousand others in support of equal rights.

This Friday night, more than 50 people from Rock Hill will take part in that commemorative march, traveling through the night to attend the celebration.

“For some reason, big numbers have an effect on lawmakers in this country,” said Melvin Poole, president of the Rock Hill chapter of the NAACP. “We want try to impose on them some of they conditions we feel they need to address.”

Poole says, to him those major issues include voter rights and access to quality healthcare.

The Rock Hill bus leaves Friday night at 10 p.m. and is expected to arrive in Washington by 8 a.m. Saturday.