State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg urges all to redouble justice efforts
To the editor:
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is, I believe, a bittersweet marker in our nation’s history.
The message of that event, so eloquently punctuated by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, was to draw attention to the issues of social and economic justice, voting rights and equality for all Americans.
There is little doubt that in the years following Aug. 28, 1963, our nation made great strides in all these areas: the Civil Rights Act of ’64, Voting Rights Act of ’65, increasing access to education and job opportunities for economic advancement.
Unfortunately, there is also little doubt that many of those gains have eroded in recent years: income inequality has grown and the U.S. Supreme Court recently invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
The 1963 march was truly a historic event, but if we have learned anything from those who thronged the National Mall that day it is that no single act, no single event, no single individual can make our country a better place. It takes all of us, working constantly, working tirelessly, working together for social and economic progress.
I hope everyone will join me in celebrating the progress we have made even as we redouble our efforts to make certain that the 1963 March on Washington doesn’t become a mere footnote in our history, indicating only what might have been.
State Sen. Stan Rosenberg