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St. Augustine woman heads to DC for March on Washington

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Updated: 8/24/2013 8:08 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will arrive in the nation's capitol to kick off a week long of events all celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

Bernadette Reeves of St. Augustine is one of many from our area traveling on a charter bus to be there. Reeves works as a tour guide in the Nation's Oldest City.

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She said this weekend, she says she plans to take time off from work sharing history, to instead, make history.

"I want to say thank you to my ancestors," said Reeves. "We got here standing on the shoulders of those who who went before you".you."

Reeves didn't make the march of 1963, but spends a good portion of her tours explaining how important Dr. King thought St. Augustine was during the Civil Right's Movement. It's where he challenged human rights for all, and organized his last march.

"His last march took place right here in St. Augustine, Florida," said Reeves. "June 9, 1964, after he was arrested, it hit the paper everywhere, all over the nation."

Reeves will join Saturday's march ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next Wednesday. This weekend's march is called National Dream to Realize the Dream.

Reeves hopes to get a glimpse of President Barack Obama when he arrives Wednesday for the "Let Freedom Ring" march.
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