Columbia, SC (WLTX) Around the county bells rang out to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr's, 'I have a dream speech'.

Minnie Wilson-Bivins rang the bell for Columbia. It made her, she said, think back to that time a half a century ago when she first heard Dr. King's speech.

"We were there, it was jam packed, afraid but happy, happy to be there," said Bivins.

She grew up during the time of segregation and in 1963 she wanted to go to Washington to see Dr. King in person it would be the first time she would see the civil rights leader.

"It was very uplifting; it gave you hope and joy. Even before President Obama started talking about hope; Dr. King was talking about hope and change then."

She says the country has come a long way since then and has made some progress in equal rights; the country now has its first black president and Columbia's first black mayor.

"I can say that I never thought I would live to see that, my mother is 104 and she never thought she would see a black president and I have lived in Columbia my whole life and I never thought I would see a black mayor."

Despite all the progress that has been made thus far, she says there is still more work to be done.

"He was fighting for justice and that isn't what we have for everyone in the United States, not yet, but we are still struggling to get to that."