Students React To March On Washington Anniversary

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While Ohio University prepares it's own events and memorials for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, students are reflecting on what this event means for them.

Most students knew of the events that were being held on campus this week to commemorate the anniversary, most citing the events profound effect on our country.

"I think it's such a major part of our history that is often overlooked because we assume that everyone knows much about it, and I don't think they know the true meaning," Carissa Jones, a sophomore biology student said.

Others weren't aware of the events being held on campus, but still recognized its importantance.

"I think it's important for events that are so monumental, but there just hasn't been very much hype about it," said Andrea Dubell, a junior french major. "I'll be thinking about it, but like I said, I didn't really even know it was happening today."

While students interviewed said that they thought the day's events were important to remember and reflect on, some said they didn't feel it personally affected their lives.  But some students say the events from half a century ago still very much have an impact today.

"Yeah, it was a big, pivotal moment for African Americans and minorities in general," Kandlyn Collins, a senior journalism major. "It's kind of a big deal. If you look back even 50 years ago society was so different and now I could talk to you guys and it's fine and you can talk to me. It's pretty important."

"I think it did [affect me], growing up. It was always a big part of my life. My little brother was actually adopted and he's black, and I think that definitely made me pay attention a little more than maybe I would have otherwise," said Lee Morra, a senior speech pathology major. "I think it made it have that much more of an impact."

But while students recognize how much progress has been made some say the anniversary is a reminder that Dr. King's work is still not finished.

"I think it is something that students should be aware of, but I think he worked really hard and made great changes for the nation, there's still work to be done for racial equality and people need to remember that when they think about today," Danielle Fultz, a senior in french language, history, and war and peace studies.