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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A group of Columbus activists are heading to the nation's capitol in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The Young Minority Leaders and the Georgia Conference of the NAACP will be departing from Citizens Trust Bank on Macon Road in Columbus on Friday August 23 at 6 p.m.

We spoke with the President of Young Minority Leaders, Marquese Averett, who explained why he feels this trip is important.

"We are committed to tackling any issues that we feel that affect the minority community and I believe that the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King's march on Washington and his ‘I Have A Dream' speech aligns right up with that vision of standing up to issues that we truly do believe in," Averett said.

Tickets for the trip start at $160.

The deadline to purchase tickets for this local March on Washington is Wednesday August 21 at 5 p.m.

"We have a fire burning right now, and I believe that it's important for us to keep this fire going, especially when you're talking about issues that not only affect the minority community but affect us as a nation, and as a world, as a whole," said Averett.

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