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Canton Celebrates Anniversary of March on Washington

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 29 Aug 2013 06:00am | comments
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The City of Canton was one of many across the country commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Canton held  a "Let Freedom Ring" bell ringing ceremony where leaders sounded a clarion call for continued action towards freedom and justice.   

Nearly 100 people rang bells yesterday on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Canton. It was part of the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington for jobs and freedom. Madison County Justice Court Judge, Mamie Chinn says while marked progress has been made other systemic changes still need to take place.

"The doors are open, we can got to school, we can go eat, but then on the other side of that, you've got to have a living wage, you've got to make enough money to eat at the restaurant, the economic issues, the educational issues, the health issues all greatly, greatly concern me.  But as I said, to be a 'doer' of the dream, not only a 'listener,' some kids now they can recite the dream but how are we going to put it in action," said Chinn.         

During the height of the civil rights era young people played a pivotal role in the process. State Senator, Kenneth Wayne Jones of Canton is concerned about the passiveness he sees in today's youth.

"You don't see as many youth because they don't know what they had to go through to get where they are, they feel like it's just the norm, when a lot of prices have been paid for them to be as comfortable as they are now and I think we have to call to order to bring the youth back into the game to be just as efficient now as they were then," said Jones.     

Clark Remsburg is Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton and he says although a time of celebration, this commemoration is also a time to remain vigilent.

"It is wonderful to be able to stand on the shoulders on those who have gone before us, but I think if we relax our vigilence, that too easily, freedoms that have come about in the past are easily eroded by the forgetfulness of today," said Remsburg.   

Remsburg says while he believes the nation is closer to realizing the dream that King described it's up to us to make strides everyday to fully bring the dream to life. 







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