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Local man recalls March on Washington

Published On: Aug 27 2013 06:11:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2013 08:35:48 AM EDT

Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of one of the most monumental events in the civil rights struggle.

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most monumental events in the civil rights struggle.

A Lehigh County man was among the thousands who marched on Washington, calling for change.

The year was 1963 and 45 people were ready to leave the Lehigh Valley and head to Washington D.C.

"Members from various churches, St. James Church, Union Baptist Church and then local people who weren't from those churches went down," said Clyde Bosket.

The march, led by several civil rights groups, was a call to action for jobs and to end segregation.

Bosket says the first thing he remembers was all the people.

Some historians say close to 250,000 people flooded the nation's capital.

"We saw horses and buggies, mules and wagons, and flat bed trucks parked far away from us which brought in loads of people," Bosket said.

August 28, 1963. It's a day many remember the famous speech from Martin Luther King Jr.

"My four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."

Bosket says hearing King speak is his fondest memory from 50 years ago.

"He just spoke from the bottom of his heart," said Bosket. "Whatever happened to him. You must continue on with the dream and I've done that."

Bosket says he helped by working to press the issue of equality.

He served time in the Army, and opened barbershops in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

"I still follow the dream and will continue to follow it and will continue to preach about it the goodness of Dr. King," said Bosket.

Bosket said that dream will not be realized until every one in the nation is looked at as equals.