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How Young Houstonians View The March On Washington

Dr. Martin Luther King's March on Washington 50 years ago changed America and changed the lives of many. But how do young African Americans today view that event?



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Much has happened since 1963 in terms of race equality. Maybe the most significant achievement was the election of the nation’s first black president.

Houston today is the most diverse city in America, where many different races and cultures live together.

Jazmine Worsham studies nursing at Texas Southern University. She says things have come a long way since the March on Washington.

“I can do as I please now. I have friends that are the opposite race, and we can hang out together without being judged, and I just like that.”

She also says she appreciates the fact that the historically black college is now a diverse campus with almost 20 percent non-African American students.

For Damion Drysdale, a junior at the school, the March on Washington means a lot because his great-grandfather was there and so were some people from his fraternity.

“It brought light and education and awareness for my generation. I still believe we have lot more work to do but that day was like, the starting point for so much different change in my generation.”

Another student said, as an African American, he still experiences racism, be it through suspicious looks or comments by some people. But he says society is becoming more accepting. Not just in terms of race, but also things like sexual orientation.

He says that growing tolerance took a major step with the March on Washington 50 years ago.