WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Patrick Franklin with the Urban League of Palm Beach Beach is wrapping up last minute details in his office before heading to Washington D.C. He wants to be a part of history.
Fifty years ago, thousands gathered for the civil rights march to protest jobs and discrimination. Patrick said, "I had an uncle who went 50 years ago and he has passed away. But I remember my grandmother talking about him going."
Two generations from the Franklin family will be going this time-- Patrick and his teen son Miles. "I want him to be a part of history. I want him to feel that 50 years from now that he can say that he was there. And he is very much aware what is going on in our world today with the voting rights act and jobs and discrimination and all kinds that are not directly affecting him right now but he knows that those happen."
One of Patrick's employees, Ike Powell, will also be marching to the MLK Jr. Memorial. Ike said, "Martin Luther King is one of my fraternity brothers and that's a huge opportunity there since I am there to be able to reflect and to visit that monument."
Both men are hoping their experience in Washington D.C. will be a memorable one, similar to the one their relatives had 50 years ago. "It's just so exciting and I can't get there quick enough and I would encourage those who cannot be there to watch it on TV."
Patrick said, "Fifty years ago a lot of individuals stood up and they said we can't take this anymore. And now somebody has to stand up, it's our turn, it's my age, it's our generation, it's our kid's generation stand up for justice, stand up for equality."
Saturday, August 24th, 2013
MLK Memorial on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach
Glades Central High School
Event will be streamed live on The Education Network