Lawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech

Lawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech
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Lawmakers commemorated the 56th anniversary of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

In commemorating the speech — one of the major historic moments of the civil rights movement — lawmakers said the anniversary of King’s remarks underline the need to rectify racial inequities and work to make political rhetoric more civil.

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“In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the #MarchOnWashington to nearly a quarter-million people. 56 years later, we still have much more work to do to make his dream a reality. We should all do what we can to advance his vision every single day,” Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDuckworth to block military confirmations until Esper proves Vindman will be promoted Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Trump faces bipartisan calls for answers on Russian-offered bounties MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted.

Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump, GOP on defense as nationwide protests continue Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support House Democrats press Treasury on debit cards used for coronavirus relief payments MORE (D-Wash.) added that the anniversary serves as a reminder that “inequality still exists & continue to fight to end it.”

“Only when we fulfill his vision of strength through diversity and equality will America be truly... 'free at last,'” Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.) tweeted. 

“#MLK delivered his famous #IHaveADream speech #OnThisDay in 1963, and his words reign true 56 years later. We must continue to lead by his example, showing the world that only light can conquer darkness and that if you try to spread hate, we will respond with love,” echoed Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (R-Texas).

Several other members of Congress shared quotes and video from the historic speech to honor King’s legacy.

The “I Have a Dream” speech was given at the height of the civil rights movement in 1963. Speaking in front of more than 50,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King said he had “a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”