Marcia L. Fudge

08/28/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/28/2020 09:52

Rep. Fudge Statement on the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks Commemorating the 57th Anniversary of the March on Washington

WASHINGTON -Today, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement as thousands gather in Washington, D.C. for theCommitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks on the 57th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom:

'Fifty-seven years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his dream for America with the world. It is a day that reminds us of the work we must continue to do in order to stay on the path toward 'liberty and justice for all.'

'As we reflect on Dr. King's words and thousands gather in Washington, we know his dream is still not a reality for many people of color. Present-day experiences of racial injustice and inequality are reminiscent of the plight and hope of African Americans Dr. King spoke of that day. Decades later, we still march to hold America to its promise.

'Dr. King also spoke of the 'fierce urgency of now.' Now is the time to ensure everyone has equal access to a quality education, economic opportunity, and full and unfettered access to the ballot box, while guaranteeing every person receives humane treatment from law enforcement. America can no longer turn a blind eye to the excessive use of force that has taken hundreds of Black lives with no accountability. This must end now.'