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 DuckworthMissouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Democrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted.

Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump, Congress draw battle lines on impeachment Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game Lawmakers mark anniversary of Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech 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 HurdDemocrats claim new momentum from intelligence watchdog testimony Romney: Trump requesting Biden investigation from China, Ukraine 'wrong and appalling' GOP lawmaker: 'It is terrible' for Trump to call on China to probe Biden 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.”