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Greenville man remembers March on Washington 50 years later

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At just 17-years-old Will Daniels Jr. attended the March on Washington in 1963. On Tuesday, a day before the 50th anniversary of that historic event he remembers it just like it was yesterday.

"It was spectacular. It was a spectacular event, because the event was about making us blacks better. Strive for the mountaintop," said Daniels.

Daniels joined more than 250,000 people that day to march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Not only were they marching for jobs, but for equality. One of the main speakers during the march was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who went off script to give his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

"The speech and what he talked about. He had a dream that all man that all races, that all colors, gentile all would be on that mountaintop together, not individuals. Don't look at the color, it's not about the color," said Daniels.

Daniels says one of the most memorable moments was seeing all the people in the city stop what they were doing to hear Dr. King speak.

"That's what made it so good. Everybody stopped what they were doing to listen and get what that man had to say," said Daniels.

Daniels says even though it's been fifty years since that historic day, racism still exist.

"It's still got that color in here now and you find more prejudice now in this day than it was back then. But, it's a sneaky way about coming out [now]," said Daniels.

Even though racism still exists, Daniels says he does see some positive changes in the black community.

"It's still there. I see so many achievements that our people is doing for themselves, and better, and it feels so good," said Daniels.

Daniels along with millions around the nation will be watching the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony which will begin at 11 AM on Wednesday. Among those scheduled to speak are Oprah Winfrey, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. President Obama will also be speaking at the event.

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