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Huge demand from Richmonders to attend March on Washington


Those hoping to ride a bus to Washington for this weekend's march may have to make other plans. Several local organizers say spots have all filled up, but they hope that won't stop people from find a way to take part.

Community leaders say this is a grass roots effort and they couldn't be more excited to see it gaining momentum. This as they rally to make Richmond's voice heard in Washington.

When the nation marched on Washington 50 years ago, who would have imagined decades later many would still have major concerns?

"I'm able to identify the staggering incarceration rates of African-Americans," said Gregory Dear.

It's one of the many reasons the 25-year-old is heading to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this weekend, to fight what he calls injustice.

"I was also touched by the Trayvon Martin verdict. If I can identify those injustices then I belong in solidarity with those people at the march," Dear said.

Earlier this month, NBC12 reported on leaders from the Richmond NAACP and the Richmond Young Professionals. Both groups are organizing bus trips to D.C. and have both filled all available spots. So has the group Living the Dream.

"We have now a waiting list of over 15," says Director Rev. Ricardo Brown.

He still encourages anyone who wants to march to rally family and friends.

"We just want to make sure a number of people get to D.C. to let the lawmakers know were still fighting for our rights," Brown said.

A highlight to follow the march, next Wednesday, President Obama will deliver a speech at the same spot Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech" on that same date 50 years ago.

"Standing in solidarity with those thousands of people will definitely send a statement to The Hill and local government that we still need change," Dear added.

With the March on Washington just days away, both organizers and passengers are united to not only attend this monumental event but to also make an impact.

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