ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - While tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C., there was also a march and an "I Have a Dream" speech in St. Louis Saturday morning.
A new group called the St. Louis Reconciliation Network organized it.
Byron Blackmon came from Little Rock to recite Dr. King's iconic speech. After the speech, they marched from Kiener Plaza to Christ Church Cathedral.
"What a great point for us as a community and a nation to stop and assess how we've come along in this dream that we all share," says St. Louis Reconciliation Network Executive Director Marc Dangerfield.
The group's goal is to address race relations in the region.
"...Learning from my parents about what it was like to today, a lot has happened that's very positive."
"I think we've made strides. I really do," shares Dr. Marva Robinson. "However, I think there's definitely still work left to do."
"I wouldn't have missed it. I think we've got a long road ahead of us," adds Connie Cominsky.
Cominsky says she marched for her childhood friend Priscilla because of something that happened in 1962.
"...the restaurant owner called my parents and said she couldn't come anymore because she was black. I threw a fit, although I was only in seventh grade."
She says she believes the nation is going backwards.
"We're taking voters' rights away and I can't stand for it and that's why I'm here."
Still, she and Dr. Marva Robinson believe we're a lot closer to the dream than we were 50 years ago, and that the dream is within reach.
"It's going to take women like me that won't take it anymore," Cominsky says. "It's going to take churches. It's going to take someone finally saying that race is still a big problem. Our president is black, get over it."
"I don't think they are where they're supposed to be," says Robinson. "But I think we will continue to have conversations. And I think we will continue to gather as collective wholes and keep the dialogue going and that's where we'll make our strides."
The St. Louis Reconciliation Network was formed at the end of 2012. They marched to Christ Church Cathedral because Dr. King preached there nearly 50 years ago.