On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of brave men and women march on our nation’s capital for basic civil rights. Their courage and Martin Luther King Jr.’s words that day changed the world for the better and redefined how we view it.

Today, as we reflect on current changes on the state level, access to health care, a roof over our heads and even how, as a nation, we respond to Syria, I wish to take a moment and remember the people who showed us the power of standing up for what you believe. Their bravery taught me about doing the right thing, even if it is difficult. Those many thousands stood up for millions of their friends and family and billions of the future generations who will have a better life because of their sacrifice.

While many quote MLK Jr.’s speech from the “I have a dream” portion, there’s a line that carries significance for how I live my life and view everyone who lives in our great country. He said, “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

Today I thank those who stand up for what they believe in and non-violently make the world hear their voice to try and make it a better place for us all.

 

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