‘A Mighty Long Way’

Valley Residents Recount March, MLK Speech

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Posted: August 24, 2013

Doris Harper Allen recounts the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as its 50th anniversary nears. On Aug. 28, 1963, Allen and her son, Bobby Harper, stepped on a bus around 6 a.m. in a dark and rainy Harrisonburg heading for Washington to join a crowd of people estimated at between 200,000 and 300,000 that would attend the march. (Photos by Michelle Mitchell / DN-R)
Doris Harper Allen shows off her memorabilia as she recounts the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom as its 50th anniversary nears.
Like many others who rearranged their lives to reach the nation’s capital that day, Allen says she was determined to see King, just 34 years old at the time.
HARRISONBURG — Bob Harper can remember being 12 — he was Bobby then — at the March on Washington in 1963, but he doesn’t remember hearing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. say, “I have a dream.”



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