40th Anniversary of March on Washington
40th Anniversary of the March on Washington is a wonderful
opportunity for all New Yorkers to look back on its significance
and on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to appreciate
how they have fundamentally changed life in our City and our
particularly fitting for New Yorkers to observe this anniversary.
Thousands of everyday New Yorkers left their homes well before
dawn, rode sweltering, un-air-conditioned buses, and filled
the Mall in Washington for the greatest civil rights demonstration
in our nation’s history.
King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ powerfully expresses our deepest desires
for what our nation must be. It was Dr. King’s remarkable gift
that he could passionately and fearlessly indict what was wrong
with our society, and also inspire us to rise above our shortcomings.
Dr. King regularly reminded us that an injustice anywhere threatens
months ago, I chose Dr. King’s birthday as the occasion for
presenting our Administration’s plan to reform the public schools
of New York City. The right to a quality education is just
as much a right as the right to vote or be treated equally.
The failures of our public schools to provide quality education
have weighed most heavily on our communities of color, and
improving education for all our children is the crucial next
step to turning Dr. King’s dream into a reality.”#
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