Hattiesburg mayor speaks at March on Washington anniversary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of people from all around the world gathered in Washington Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

President Barack Obama along with many others spoke from the spot where Martin Luther King Jr made his "I Have A Dream" 50 years ago.

Amongst those speakers included Hattiesburg's first black mayor.

From the steps of the Lincoln Monument DuPree reflected on the fight African Americans endured to gain freedom, justice, and equality.

"It is because of those who remained seated when they were demanded to move; it is because of those who sang when they were entrusted or threatened with their lives to be silent. It is because of those who marched on even though they were weary and blooded. One foot in front of the other, one song after another, one city until they did what people said couldn't be done," he said.

Because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sacrifices Dupree says he was able to become more than he ever imagined.

"If someone would have told me that this little country boy who grew up in a shotgun house on a dirt road in Hattiesburg Mississippi would become a mayor, I would have told them they fell off a truck."

DuPree closed off his speech by not only acknowledging those who have fought for African Americans, but encouraged every to continue to move forward. "Together we must march on, strengthen and encouraged by our past, led by our faith, we will march on. Thank you."

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