A local group is on a mission to help Houstonians take part in history. They're making plans to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington.
From her computer, Loretter Brock, program coordinator for Real Urban Ministry, is raising money and organizing a massive trip from Houston to Washington. The trip involves three buses and dozens of people who want to take part in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
"We need to be heard. We need to get on the bus. We need to speak with one voice and we cannot do it without your support," said Brock.
From her perspective it is not only a celebration, but also a sobering reminder; five decades after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered the history-making 'I Have A Dream Speech' many Americans still have not achieved their full potential.
"We have the issue of health care, we have the issues of education, we have the issues of criminal justice," said Brock.
Brock's non-profit group is charging people $250 for the roundtrip and hotel accommodations. She said her group is also trying to get donations to help those who want to make the journey but can't afford the costs.
Jaimee Cameron, a graduate student at Prairie View A&M, plans to ride one of the buses with her younger brother and parents.
"I just hope that everybody can come together and we can get something accomplished," said Cameron.
She said she was inspired to attend the anniversary march because of the recent events involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Florida.
"I have a 14-year-old brother, so that hit home for me what happened to him and it can happen to anybody, anywhere," she said.
Meanwhile, others who attended the original March on Washington hope the anniversary will ignite a new momentum and motivate people to achieve more of the dream Dr. King outlined in his speech.
"I know we have not achieved what is needed," said Morris Fountain. "A majority of our community still has not benefited from the gains of the civil rights act."
If you would like to reserve a spot on the bus or donate to the cause, you can reach Loretter Brock of Real Urban Ministry at 832-572-2521.