Clarence Rogers, a law student at Howard University, and Harold Bradshaw, a law student at American University, were rooming together and interning in Washington, on this day 50 years ago. And they both managed to get off from their jobs and attend Dr. King's Speech at the Washington Monument.
Bradshaw says there was magic in the air, when Dr. King spoke. Both men went on to work in the Civil Rights Movement. Clarence Rogers became the first black Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, then a Federal Prosecutor and the Chairman of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Harold Bradshaw went to work for the justice department, and did a lot of work in Civil Rights Law.
He handled a lot of school desegregation cases, and handled a jury exclusion case in Selma, Ala. that he says was one of the highlights of his career.
Both men say they owe much of their success to the Civil Rights Movement that Dr. King launched with his speech that day.
They say we've made a lot of positive progress in civil rights in the last 50 years, but we still have a long way to go before we truly treat each other as brothers and sisters. And when we give each other that kind of respect we can move forward as a nation.