Honoring the past and recommitting to a more just future
August 26, 2013
Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.
The anniversary march, held in downtown Portland, commemorated the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. As The Oregonian reported, "Ironically the same issues that compelled the first march, jobs, police brutality, housing, health care, equality are the same pressing issues of today."
Over the last 50 years we have made steady progress, but we also recognize that our work is far from finished. Today too many people in this great and prosperous country suffer from the same inequalities present 50 years ago. Let us continue on in the words of Dr. King that “as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.”
Together, let’s march ahead -- always moving forward, guided by the dream of a more perfect union.
Nick's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington speech
Marchers rally in Portland to commemorate March on Washington
Photos and Video From Portland 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Helen Silvis in The Skanner News
Marchers in Portland commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
In The Oregonian
In The Portland Observer
Portland activists recall March on DC
Portlanders march 50 years after Dr. King's dream speech