Key Nevada lawmakers remarked Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, released the following statement:
"Today marks an important time in American history. On August 28, 1963, when a quarter of a million Americans marched on Washington demanding what Dr. King called, 'a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity,' I was working in the United States Capitol to support my young family as I attended law school.
Looking out from the Capitol, I watched the buses roll into Washington. And then I watched as a sea of men, women and children emerged from those buses and peaceably assembled to petition their government for redress of grave grievances.
I could not hear the speeches given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that day. I could not feel the heat of the August sun on the National Mall. But I could see the tide of history turn as hundreds of thousands of my brothers, sisters and fellow Americans pushed forward toward freedom. The March was about what united Americans, not what made us different or divided us. The March, and Dr. King's speech, reminded us of our shared humanity."
Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-NV, gave this brief statement on the "I Have a Dream" speech:
"Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech was a remarkable moment in history. In the midst of civil unrest, Dr. King stepped forward and confidently spoke about his dream for America's future. The promise of hope he offered millions was a call to action and a turning point in the civil rights movement. Today's anniversary marks a day cherished and honored by all Americans and I encourage Nevadans and all Americans to pause today and reflect on Dr. King's dream."
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