Wed., August 21, 2013 7:02pm (EDT)

Orrock Transformed By The March On Washington
By Ellen Reinhardt
Updated: 11 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
State Senator Nan Orrock was a rising junior at Mary Washington College in Virginia in August of 1963. She was planning on becoming a teacher and settling down to raise a family. But as GPB's Ellen Reinhardt learned in a recent interview at her Atlanta office, going to the March changed Orrock's path.( photo courtesy of GA State Senate)
State Senator Nan Orrock was a rising junior at Mary Washington College in Virginia in August of 1963. She was planning on becoming a teacher and settling down to raise a family. But as GPB's Ellen Reinhardt learned in a recent interview at her Atlanta office, going to the March changed Orrock's path.( photo courtesy of GA State Senate)
50 years ago this month, nearly a quarter million people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They were there to demand equal rights for African-Americans. It was at the March on Washington that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. Here at GPB, we're asking Georgians to tell us what it was like to be there that day.

One of them is State Senator Nan Orrock. Orrock was a rising junior at Mary Washington College in Virginia in August of 1963. She was planning on becoming a teacher and settling down to raise a family. But as GPB's Ellen Reinhardt learned in a recent interview at her Atlanta office, going to the March changed Orrock's path. You can hear their conversation in the audio file above.

You can also check out our online extra. We asked Orrock if Dr. King's dream has been realized.

We want to know what civil rights mean to you today. Tweet us @gpbnews.