The "March On Washington" as Seen Through the Eyes of a Child.

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) Fifty years ago, Buffalo Community Activist Sam Herbert was a 14-year old on crutches recovering from polio.

For him, memories of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" that featured Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream Speech," is something that he will always remember.

"I never in my life had ever seen so many black folks and white folks together," said Herbert.

Herbert's father, a minister, took him to the march, but some of the topics that Dr. King talked about, such as judging a person by character and not by skin color, confused the young man.

"I didn't know anything about racial equality or nothing like that."

Worried that all white people hated him, the teenager had a serious conversation with his father while driving home.

His father explained that Dr. King meant for people to treat others as they themselves wanted to be treated.

"That was a moment that changed my life," adds Herbert.

Once back in Harlem, Sam Herbert says he remembers hearing Dr. King's speech being replayed on radios and loudspeakers throughout his neighborhood.

Herbert says he then memorized the famous speech and performed it for friends, classmates, and even during church services.