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Van White discusses March on Washington anniversary

Local civil rights attorney Van White discussed his planned visit to Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.
Local civil rights attorney Van White discussed his planned visit to Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversay of the March on Washington Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.

August 28 will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

White has helped coordinate a conference for Tuesday, August 27 in Washington.  Leaders from around the country will discuss perspectives on the anniversay and the current state of civil rights in the nation.  "I think it's critical that we do look back, that we celebrate what has happened and the success of that movement, but I also think that it's important, critically important, that we look forward," said White.

White's father was among a Rochester contingent that went to Washington in August of 1963 to participate in the March on Washington.  As a child, he learned about Dr. King, and the cause of civil rights.  "The movement was very much a part of our lives because my father and mother were very much a part of it, my Dad was President of the local Urban League Board, my Mom did some stuff in terms of working in places where black folks had never worked before" said White.  "We very much saw in our household how being involved in the movement could help you do good in the community and help you do well in your own home."

White has put together a website with information about the March on Washington and its anniversary.  To see more, click here.
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