Wichita group making long journey to celebrate 50th anniversary of King’s speech

The Wichita chapter of the NAACP has organized a bus trip for this weekend to attend a kickoff rally for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

It’s a no-frills journey. No overnight stays in hotels.

The bus will leave Wichita at 12:30 a.m. Friday to begin the journey that’s expected to reach the nation’s capital about 3 a.m. Saturday. After attending the 10 a.m. celebration rally Saturday on the National Mall, the group will load back up and return to Wichita, arriving sometime Sunday night.

“We’ll stop every four or six hours to take long breaks,” said Elaine Guillory, who is helping organize the trip.

Cost for the trip is $190 per person. As of Wednesday afternoon, 38 people from Wichita and across the state had signed up to go.

“We’d like to have a few more people going,” Guillory said.

Anyone interested in making the trip should call Guillory at 316-516-4734.

Saturday’s rally will kick off several days of activities in Washington to honor King’s speech, which he delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, to more than 250,000 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a call for an end to racism in the United States.