COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Dozens of Columbus area residents are on their way to Washington D.C. to join their voice with thousands of others in a call for justice and commemoration of one of the largest civil rights rallies in U.S history.
The "Millions More" local movement is chartering a bus from Columbus to Washington D.C. for Saturday's gathering to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic "Million Man March." The group left late Friday evening on their way to Washington.
The original march in 1995 focused on civil rights for African-Americans but this year's march is also focused on Native Americans, Latinos, women, soldiers and a range of racial and ethnic groups. Organizers say the theme for this year's march is "Justice or Else."
"This is 20 years later to show that 10-10-15 justice or else is a profound anniversary to promote peace and unity," said Darius Gardner with the Nation of Islam, one of the organizers of the local group. "A gathering which the brown the black, bikers everyone is coming together to show we want unity for all."
Thousands are expected to attend the march and rally Saturday which will be held on the National Mall in Washington D.C.