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.
The Cotton Club in East Gainesville was once home to acts from B.B. King and Ray Charles. It is now being renovated to house a new museum and cultural center.
In the five-year work plan, the Florida Department of Transportation has highlighted the projects they plan to work on in the North Central Florida area.
Parents of students at First Presbyterian Preschool are concerned with drivers speeding by the school’s drop-off zone, which borders a student apartment complex.
A vote on sales tax will determine whether or not Ocala will begin construction for the proposed Tampa Yankees baseball stadium. The commission will meet again on Dec. 17 to discuss a proposed ordinance for voting methods.
Officials from the Alachua County and Northeast Florida Humane Societies discuss what people should consider before adopting a cat or dog for someone as a gift.