Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:
“Today marks 50 years since the March on Washington, when Americans of every race, gender, and background gathered on our National Mall and around radios and televisions all across the country to hear a message of hope, justice, and equality. It was that August day that we heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s four simple, powerful words – “I have a dream” – and a vision of an America where racial and economic injustice are a thing of the past.
“Fifty years later, a monument to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. stands on the National Mall alongside monuments to the greatest Presidents of the United States. While our nation has come far since that day, Dr. King’s dream – and the dream of millions of Americans – has not yet been fully realized.
“That is why today we must continue to honor Dr. King’s legacy by fighting for true equality and fairness, so that every person who is eligible can vote; so that every woman in America receives equal pay for equal work; and so that every American has a fair shot at an education, a good-paying job, and a place in our middle class.”