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Eastern Carolina remembers March on Washington 50 years later

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:38:27 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 09:07:39 PM CDT
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Hundreds of people gathered at the Pitt County Courthouse to remember the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and to protest for jobs and freedom.

North Carolina civil rights activists used the anniversary as an opportunity to speak out about the issues concerning minority groups and the poor.

The “Take the Dream Home” rally was one of 13 held around the state on Wednesday afternoon.

Jim Grant was 27 years old when he participated in the March on Washington held on August 28, 1963. He was one of 250,000 people that day.

“It was unreal. I mean it was amazing to see that many people,” he said.

Grant said he has been fighting for equality his whole life. When he was 13, he tried to sit at a lunch counter at a department store in Connecticut where blacks weren't allowed.  

"There was no reason why we should have been excluded. Sometimes what you end up having to do is take steps in order to make sure that what is right is done,” Grant said.

Now 50 years later he's still marching forward.

While he said we’ve made progress as a country since 1963, he believes we still have a long ways to go. He said the new North Carolina Voter ID law isn't helping us do that. Grant said the new law will prevent minority groups from voting. He thinks we should get rid of it.

"They had no problems really before that and so you know there's no way they can actually justify it,” he said.