Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) released the following statement in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington:

“Thousands gathered in Washington, DC and witnessed history when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream Speech" during the 1963 civil rights March on Washington.  50 years later, thousands will gather again at the Lincoln Memorial to continue the fight against prejudice, inequality, and discrimination that still plague our country.  America has come a long way, but we still face major challenges to equal opportunity, including the recent Supreme Court decision that dismantles the Voting Rights Act and allows states to block African American and Hispanic citizens from the polls with policies like voter ID laws.  Additionally, while the unemployment rate is still unacceptably high in our country, it is still higher among people of color. I will continue to fight in Congress for jobs and equal opportunity.  Let us honor Dr. King and the March on Washington by recommitting ourselves to equality for all.”