Udall Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington:
"Today I join the people of New Mexico, American civil rights leaders and all who are watching around the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. offered a moral vision of what our nation could be, with a dream that inspired us to move mountains toward the promised land of equality.
"Dr. King also reminded us that social justice is a work in progress. Fifty years since the march on Washington, we again are considering the issue of voting rights, and I call on citizens and government leaders at all levels to protect and enhance-rather than curtail-the right to vote. I look forward to a new era in which we work to overcome the injustice and inequality that still exist in our society. So long as there is bullying in our schools, or unequal justice on our tribal lands, or conflicts beyond our borders, or civil rights in question, we must continue marching - to create a world in which we work together shoulder-to-shoulder nationwide for equality, just as we strive to do in all four corners of our state.
"We can also honor Dr. King's legacy by providing economic opportunity in all of our communities, and by expanding the American dream to all who work for it. As a senator for New Mexico, I will continue fighting for this every day I have the opportunity to serve, to help achieve Dr. King's dream for all New Mexicans and all Americans."