Created: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:51:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:00:09 EST
Civic and Community Leaders in Macon came together Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's march on Washington D.C.
Two Macon men from differing backgrounds say they remember the march vividly.
"I took it lightly, I never thought that it would come to be what it has been, but it was great men that led that. Thurgood Marshal and Martin Luther King Jr., and there were so many of them that took their lives," said 89-year-old Thomas Mosley, a Marine Corps veteran who lived in Harrisburg, PA, at the time.
"People were very loving and good, but it wasn't just the loving, it was people that were really trying to work together, even though there were profound differences," said 80-year-old Richard Kiel, a seminary student at the time.
The program was highlighted by 7-year-old Jaylen Lovett, who performed a fiery recital of the speech that would move the nation, and the world. It was a performance both Kiel and Mosley say may be as good as the original.
"He did a great job and I'm not just trying to be flattering or paternalistic, but he's a masterful young man," said Kiel.
"This program that we had here today, this is history and history making," said Mosley.