Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Commemorates Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

August 28, 2018
Press Release
Recalls 55th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream”

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today noted the 55th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that brought a quarter of a million people to the National Mall to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while millions more watched on television. Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Fifty-five years ago, the Great March on Washington brought together the nation’s greatest civil rights and labor leaders to demand an end to racial discrimination. Many tens of thousands heard labor leader A. Phillip Randolph, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leader and future Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and others address the need for federal legislation guaranteeing civil and voting rights. The day’s triumphant and dramatic climax was Dr. King’s unforgettable ‘dream’ of a land where his children would ‘not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ It’s a message as relevant now as it was then as we continue working to achieve that dream and remember this important anniversary.”

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