Three of the UAW Local 2209 members who traveled to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Realize the Dream march commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 event talked about why it was important for them to attend.
I am 50 years old this year, so it holds special significance for me – were sort of turning 50 together, said Len Maydwell, a UAW electrician whose wife, Cathy, also made the trip. I definitely want to see the contrast between the dream that was communicated 50 years ago and the reality today. Theres an undercurrent of hostility, of selfishness these days – who cares about economic equality?
Roy Munguia, a GM body shop employee, who is 48, had similar interest in the trip.
Its something Ive always read about, Munguia said. For just a split second, Ill get to relive a little bit of what happened 50 years ago and to think about how far weve come and to put in perspective how far weve got to go.
For 33-year-old Katrina Harris, the trip was a link to family. A native of Natchez, Miss., she said her parents and grandparents had long recounted stories of their experience with the civil rights movement in the South.
When I told my family about the trip, they were so excited, she said. Its such a blessing to have this opportunity to go and experience this.
– Karen Francisco