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DC Artist who attended 1963 March on Washington reflects on the past and the future

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Dorothy Ann Hawkins Gray is an artist. She was 16 when Martin Luther King mesmerized the crowd on the mall in 1963. She took the bus and walked along with the mob of people, even though people were afraid there might be violence. She relates to King's dream and says he inspired her painting "Revelation of a Dream." It shows the faces of King, Jesse Jackson and Desmond Tutu, looking down from the sky onto a crowd of people gathered on a mountainside, civil rights leaders, whites and blacks, Jesus and the pope.

Friends call her Ms. Dorothy. She is 65 years old, a retired DC government employee, who uses a wheelchair to get around. She didn't let that stop her from going to Saturday's march anniversary. She vividly recalls the day of the original march in 1963.

She says she was swept up by the emotion of the moment. "I was standing down there with people that were crying." She says she cries every time she hears King's speech.

As for how to continue his dream, she says it's up to the individual, to step up and take action.

 Gray has had her own share of ill health and misery. She lost a son to gun violence. She has her own dream. She wants to establish a home for crime victions, a healing house, to help nurse them back to emotional health. Ms. Dorothy says in memory of her son, she wants to call it "A Song of David."


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