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Local students learn about the March on Washington

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Updated: 8/28/2013 11:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a speech that goes down in history. A movement that's still felt today.

"I thought it was really powerful to actually learn a little bit more about stuff we didn't cover," student Devonny Scott said.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington-- students at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology got in on the discussion.

They watched a special video, and even came up with questions for Dr. King if he were alive today.

"One of the biggest questions is, what does he feel like his impact would be today?" Scott said.

Karen Chester has a unique view. She was one of 30 teachers in Duval County sent to Washington D.C. this summer, as part of an American History grant.

"We went to the memorials, the museums and we got a first hand look at the Washington experience and what it has to offer," she said.

As the younger generation learns from the past, many tell us they're grateful for those who paved the way.

They say they'll continue to pay attention in class and value the knowledge at their fingertips.

"It's very important. I think it is. It's what shaped our country for today," student Sebastian Rodriguez said.


At 3 p.m., cities across the country joined together in the ringing of bells, in honor of Dr. King's speech.

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wishmistress - 8/29/2013 4:48 AM
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t...are you familiar with the 'Street Sweeper' speech? So truly inspirational for ALL Americans! I wish more knew of it. I learned of it many years ago and cry whenever I hear it. I'm so sad for our nation.

tlynn - 8/28/2013 10:14 PM
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Dr.King asked…To judge a person by their character…Not the color of their skin!….Okay! I note a bit of hypocrisy here. For example…Trayvon Martin, character? A thug wannabe! Color of his skin? Black! Hello!!! Is it just me? Or does anyone else see the hypocrisy here! Please can someone say different? I'd love to hear it!!!
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