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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington:

“During the March on Washington, 50 years ago today, ordinary citizens of different races and different backgrounds came together to peacefully organize, demonstrate, and challenge our country to make good on its commitment to equal treatment of all Americans. They inspired and continue to inspire us to be a better people and to build a better nation. Today, we celebrate the courage of those who strove for equality as well as the progress our country has made in achieving the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We remember the immense debt owed to those who sacrificed so much to bring us this far. And we recognize the significant work that remains to fully realize Dr. King’s dream. As we reflect on the accomplishments of the past half century, let us rededicate ourselves to building a more just America, and let us protect the progress for which so many sacrificed so much. With the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Shelby County v. Holder, Congress must make it a priority to protect the right of every American, regardless of race, to exercise his or her constitutional right to vote without discrimination and without undue burdens.”