COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream speech,” Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“Fifty years ago today, men and women from all corners of America converged on our nation’s capital to demand payment on the promise of a more equal, more just society. Today, we are further along that road toward racial and social justice, but there are far too many miles left to travel.
“In our small corner of the world in Ohio, we are constantly reminded of the fragility of our victories for freedom and equality. Our jails are still disproportionately filled with people of color, women face unprecedented restrictions against their health care, and equality under the law, despite who you love, is at risk. And exactly a year ago today, voting rights came under attack, as so often happens, when two officials were fired for expanding access to the polls.
“It’s clear we have further to go.
“Honoring Dr. King’s legacy requires more than just words, but rather a steadfast commitment to marching ahead. Despite the adversity in store for tomorrow or the day after, we will not turn back.”