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The generation gap 50 years later

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Updated: 8/26/2013 5:01 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fifty years ago, the march on Washington was the largest civil rights rally of its time.

Young African-Americans mobilized, in peace, to affect change.
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Now, decades later, there's a new effort to bridge a generation gap within the black community.

Leaders are once again trying to mobilize young men and women to a common cause: equality for all.

"All we wanted was equality," said Isaiah Rumlin, head of Jacksonville's chapter of the NAACP.

He said that 50 years ago, it was easy rallying young people because the fight was fresh.

Rumlin says a kind of complacency has taken over in the black community, young people are out of touch with the struggles of their grandparents, and many overlook the disparities of today. He says, "One may be doing OK, but until all of us are doing OK, none of us are doing OK."

Mishaa Cason mentors young black men as a part of Jacksonville Youth Works. He says fear is what feeds racism today.

"Me, being young and black, I'm dangerous. That's the perception, I'm young and black, I'm dangerous," said Cason.

Cason says many young black teens don't get the education they're entitled to, and the fight to find work is harder than ever.

But he's the first to admit, if more of his contemporaries joined in, the U.S. would have more hope of realizing the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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