FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 29, 2013

NBCSL Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - On Saturday, August 24, 2013 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Filled with a spirit of hope and resolve, attendees marched and heard from several speakers who reflected on the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, and reiterated the need for new leaders to continue the fight for jobs, justice, and economic opportunity. Following the events, NBCSL President Joe Armstrong (TN) released the following statement:

"Members of NBCSL came from states across the nation to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Members of our Corporate Round Table were there as well. It was an important event, and it was even more important that we be there to commemorate what the event represented.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared a dream of prosperity, equality, and justice on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. It was a dream that inspired many, including my peers and me. As an organization that has grown from 90 members to 600, we as Black state legislators are in office because of this great vision, and because of the everyday actions countless Americans took to realize it. While we recognize the strides that have been taken by Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and others, we understand that Dr. King's dream has not been fully achieved.

Each event speaker highlighted issues that are currently being debated in our statehouses. Our job - as lawmakers - has been elevated. The onus is now upon us to address these issues at the state level and even on the national stage in forums such as our Annual Legislative Conference.

We cannot do it alone, however. We vow to collaborate with partners from all states, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and economic statuses. As state leaders, we will continue to advocate for laws that improve and enhance the overall quality of life for all citizens. We are dedicated to policies that preserve access to the ballot box, increase economic opportunities for all communities and families, improve school environments for our children, and promote human and civil rights for all Americans."

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