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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 12:36pm

Savannah Students Re-Enact March

Several hundred Savannah State University students re-created the events at the Lincoln Memorial on campus yesterday.

The school marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Students marched around the tree-shaded main plaza on campus.

They carried signs that read "We Demand Equal Rights Now" and "We Demand An End To Bias Now."

David Adebiyi, a pre-law and history junior, says the work of Martin Luther King Junior and other Civil Rights leaders remains unfinished.

"It just reminds us where we came from," Adebiyi says. "We can't forget where you come from. And this reminds us how much further we have to go."

Students stood in front of a historic building on campus to re-enact portions of the 1963 program, including King's "I Have a Dream" Speech.

Senior history student Shamir Yates says the remembrance is re-paying a debt to history.

"I have many mentors and relatives that participated in the march in 1963," Yates says. "So, I just wanted to commemorate them for their efforts and continue the legacy that's been pushed since then."

Inside later, a panel discussion featured local eye-witnesses to the Civil Rights struggle in Savannah.

It was one of several events in Savannah marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Savannah State University is the state's oldest historically black public college, with about 4,000 students.