Those in attendance at the reenactment relived the music and the message that inspired a people to take action. Just as they did 50 years ago, the crowd listened as leaders of the boycott laid out the plans for the protest. Errol Holloman portrays the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. He says, "One of the things he had said is that we are tired of being trampled on by the iron feet of oppression."
The reenactment is a carbon copy of the mass meeting on December 5, 19-55. The Rev. Bob Graetz says, "5,000 people gathered that were in a state of euphoria. It was a remarkable experience."
Graetz attended that meeting five decades ago. He recalls, "From that first day people knew we were making history. We knew we had to succeed."
However, he never imagined city-wide celebration fifty years later. He says, I see these young people and I think I am getting old. One of these days someone is going to have to step in and take my place."
Graetz and others who attended that first meeting and were also in attendance Monday night say they are overjoyed with the anniversary events. They say it shows how far our city and country have come, but we must continue to move forward.