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Remembering the March on Washington 50 years later

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It was August 28, 1963 when 250-thousand people took that journey to Washington D.C.

It was a thirst for racial equality that pulled together people from all over the country.

50 years later Rev. Robert Gilmore and Stephen Brock from Booker T. Washington High School are heading to Washington to remember the event.

At 17 Brock can tell you why the struggle is not over for a young African American male.

He says, "I walk into stores I've been profiled by just looking at stuff I might want to buy in the future. I've been kicked out and I've also been profiled in my own neighborhood."

Gilmore says, "certainly for people who think we have arrived I think they have to be reminded we are not there yet."

That's why Rev. Gilmore took on the task of raising money to transport as many Houstonians as he could to Washington D.C.

Their goal is to be among the crowd for the anniversary of the march this weekend.

The problem he's facing is getting support in Houston. So far he's only be able to raise money for two buses and the third he wants to provide free transportation to students.

However, free means someone - anyone has to step up and that's not happening.

"I am really shocked. I thought by now someone would've already called some of our congressional representatives our state representatives and said reach out here are some donations to help them get to Washington D.C. By now I would've thought that," says Gilmore.

He says his goal is also to provide transportation for the elderly and disabled who can't afford the trip.

Gilmore says there's only so much to he can do. The local pastor feels some of the most successful African Americans in Houston have a disconnect from a historical moment that defined them and a nation.

Gilmore says, "in a round about way some people are thinking just because they're sitting up on the 55th floor they don't have nothing to do with that but I want to guarantee corporate America and business America that the results of 1963 have helped you become more successful."

In the meantime, Stephen is hoping his participation in 2013's march will make him less suspect when he's doing something as simple as browsing in a store.

He says, "I think this march will open up peoples eyes to realize equality is the key."

If you're interested in sponsoring a bus call 281-546-8168.

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