Evelyn Foxx addresses the group before they depart for Washington, D.C.
Cynthia Chestnut bows her head during a group prayer before the bus departs.
Nancy Jones was born into white privilege.
She remembers the time in America when bathrooms were segregated, people were suppressed with high-pressured hoses and dogs were weapons of oppression.
Even though that was six decades ago, Jones, 50, said she still sees instances of racial injustice.
“When I was born, one of the first things that I learned is God created us all equal, and the Constitution that I learned said the same thing, and I haven’t seen that play out,” Jones said. “So I want to see that play out in my lifetime; I hope I can.”
The Alachua County branch of the NAACP organized the trip, said Cynthia Chestnut, the organization’s community outreach coordinator.
At around 3 p.m. Friday, the group left on the 10-hour-long journey in a charter bus from the Walmart on Waldo Road. They expect to arrive back in Gainesville Sunday night, Chestnut said.
Jones said she is looking forward to hearing what people less privileged than she have to say so she can better understand and help them.
Tim Roberts, a 49-year-old Gainesville resident, has seen how far America has progressed, but said there are still improvements to make.
Roberts said the commemoration serves as a benchmark to judge the progression of Civil Rights and is important in continuing the protection of American rights.
“It’s a way of making my voice heard along with everyone else who deeply cares about those issues,” he said.
Hear the voices of those taking the trip in the audio clips below.
Ichetucknee Springs is reopening the northern entrance of the park for Memorial Day weekend. 4,000 are expected to be in attendance during the three-day weekend.
Gainesville City Commission passes a motion for the management of Dignity Village. The motion begins the process of addressing safety issues and concerns regarding the logistics of the community.
National Women Build Week was May 2-10. Alachua Habitat for Humanity Women Build participated in the weeklong event.
A Gainesville Police Department recruitment video has raised concerns over how it portrays how the police interact with the community. The video included scenes of police officers making arrests, chasing suspects and weapons training.
Lisa Lee Savage was a substance abuser and she broke the rules, but she also overcame adversity. Now, she works as an administrative assistant and receptionist at the GRACE Welcome Center.