***Press Release*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2013

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Ohio Senate Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Gathering on National Mall was a turning point in Civil Rights Movement
COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Senate adopted Senate Resolution 183, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march, which was a seminal moment in the Civil Rights Movement, attracted hundreds of thousands of supporters of equal rights to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. “The March was a demonstration that Americans were striving to be better than our past,” said Senator Turner. “It was a watershed moment that brought together people from all races and religions and spurred the creation of many of the anti-discrimination laws we know today.” A main impetus for the March was to encourage the enactment of federal legislation that became known as the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination against racial, ethnic, national, and religious minorities, and women. The event was also the scene of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “Our nation has come so far since 1963,” said Turner, “but we have yet to fully realize the dream that Dr. King described. Each generation must recommit itself to achieving that vision and continue the march toward progress.”

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