Wilson joins civil rights icon at D.C. march

Miami Times staff report | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
SALUTE TO A SOLDIER: Wilson (l) stands with the Rev. Joseph Lowery (seated in chair), a time-tested civil rights leaders who attended the 1963 march and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC] along with Dr. King. Photo courtesy office of Frederica Wilson

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and tens of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous and inspirational speech, “I Have a Dream.” Wilson recalled how she felt 50 years as she listened to now iconic civil rights leaders call for freedom, justice, equality and jobs.

“I remember that historic day and being deeply moved by the sight of all those people, Black and white, and being captivated by Dr. King's speech, which was a call to action and a call for change,” she said. “While there is no doubt Blacks and other minorities have made tremendous gains, there is still much work to be done when it comes to equal access to education, affordable housing and especially economic inclusion. We were fighting for jobs then and we are still fighting for jobs now. Hopefully this commemorative march will be a wake up call to Congress to act in the best interest of the people to get our economy up and running and put people back to work.”