on 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released
the following statement today on tomorrows 40th anniversary
of the March on Washington:
40th anniversary of the March on Washington, we honor the quiet
determination of the more than 250,000 Americans who came to their
nations capital to demand justice. We pay tribute to their
bravery, their commitment, and their wisdom.
the conscience of our country and affirming our dearest values,
the marchers demonstrated that liberty and justice for all'
is not just a pledge but a fundamental principle that must guide
us as a people.
all quote the 'I have a dream' part of Dr. Martin Luther Kings
speech at the march, but other words he spoke also hold special
meaning for us today. Dr. King said: 'We have also come to this
hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This
is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the
tranquilizing drug of gradualism
Now is the time to make justice
a reality for all of Gods children.'
years later, we can honor the marchers and the meaning of that day
by rejecting the 'tranquilizing drug of gradualism.' We can rededicate
ourselves to boldly building a just America.
build a country of opportunity where all people have the chance
to realize their God-given potential. We must build a country that
values diversity, where we stand together as one people. We must
ensure that every citizen has the right to vote and that every vote
challenged us. Let us honor him by building an America that makes
'justice a reality for all of God's children.'"