Courtesy of the NAACP
FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne NAACP, Branch No. 3049 invites the public to travel to Washington, D.C., and take part in the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 24.
Citizens from all across the nation are scheduled to convene in Washington, D.C., for this historical event. In 1963 the march was led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders to focus on jobs and freedom. Dr. King gave his “I have a Dream” speech on the same day, which focused on racial equality.
We will be traveling on a chartered bus, departing Fort Wayne at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 from the Anthis Career Center parking lot, 1200 Barr St. As we get closer to D.C. on Saturday morning, we have scheduled an extended stop allowing travellers time to freshen up and/or change clothing, if you wish. (You should store your change of clothing and whatever else you may need, on the bus, not under it.)
After arriving in Vienna, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 24, we are scheduled to go to the Metro Station located near the hotel where we will be staying overnight and ride the subway to the National Mall. We will go to the Lincoln Memorial for a rally scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The march will follow the rally—going from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The Rally and March are scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After the march we will make our way back to the bus, via the subway, go to our hotel, Hilton Garden Inn-Tyson’s Corner, and check in. The remainder of the day can be spent as you please.
Sunday morning, Aug. 25, after eating breakfast (full breakfast buffet, optional for $10), can be purchased at the hotel, check-out and depart for the return trip to Fort Wayne. We should arrive here by or before midnight.
Bus transportation cost is $150 per person and includes: Round trip transportation, provided by American Heritage Trails, bus driver’s tip, a pre-purchased Obama 2013 Commemorative souvenir SmartTrip Card pre-loaded with a One Day Unlimited Trip Metrorail Pass (the card is like a credit card and it can be reloaded, so if you are ever in the area again and plan to ride the metro, it can be used again), T-shirts, and other amenities.
Rooms have been blocked at the Hilton Garden Inn-Tyson’s Corner, in Vienna, VA. You are responsible for making your room reservation, (if you will be rooming with one or more persons, only one of you need to make the reservation). The hotel will allow up to four people in a room. The toll-free number is 1-877-782- 9444. Rooms are being held under Fort Wayne NAACP No. 3049. Please reference this booking code when calling to make your reservation.
Room costs are as follows (tax has been added in):
One person—$77.28; two people—$38.64 each; three persons—$25.76 each; four persons—$19.32each.
If you have any questions please contact Gail Littlejohn at (260) 744-5973 or Sheila Campbell at (260)740-7810.
This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.