Commentary
5:18 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Even The Smallest Effort Counts

50 years ago this week, one Triad residents remembers being apart of a historic event in Washington, D.C.

An estimated 250,000 protestors demanded equality for African Americans during the 1963 March on Washington.  People of all races crowded onto the National Mall and 77-year-old Ellen Gerber was among them. She says growing up Jewish in the United States has helped her personally understand some of the prejudices African Americans have endured in this country. According to Gerber, participating in the March on Washington also helped to spark her life-long career as a fighter for social change.   She's now a retired attorney and lives in High Point with her partner, Pearl Berlin, of 43 years.

Ellen Gerber describes participating in 1963 March on Washington.