On August 26, 2023, we joined thousands of advocates in Washington, D.C. for the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
This March served not as a commemoration, but as a continuation of the unwavering pursuit of social justice and equality that characterized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as we continue to fight against discrimination and civil rights abuses in 2023. Building upon the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, the 60th Anniversary March reinvigorates the call for systemic change and calls on us to uphold our collective values of freedom, equality, and justice.
Various civil rights leaders and advocates delivered impassioned speeches at the March, echoing a resounding message that the journey towards true equality remains unfinished and demands the collective commitment of all.
¡Tu lucha es mi lucha!
View President and CEO Janet Murguía’s speech here:
Read President and CEO Janet Murguía’s speech below:
In 1966, the great leader we remember and celebrate today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sent a telegram to Latino civil rights icon Cesar Chavez stating that “our separate struggles are really one – a struggle for freedom, for dignity, and for humanity.”
What Dr. King was saying, in short, is “your struggle is my struggle.” And I am here to say again and to reaffirm that tu lucha es mi lucha. Your fight is my fight!
It is crystal clear that our movements and the hard-won progress we have made are being threatened by many who are driven by hate and anger.
They seek to divide us because they know that united, we are stronger.
In unity there is strength—and in that strength, there is power.
We will fight the forces that seek to take this country back to a darker time. And if we work together, if we are united, we will never go back!
I know that because I know we will never give up.
And we can be inspired by the young people who are here today and those young people who have made their voices heard across the country.
They represent and embrace the diversity of this country, which has always been our superpower. And through them, we see that Dr. King’s dream is still alive.
For them, for us, for those on whose shoulders we stand today, we must continue our fight. They are depending on us. And united, unidos, we are unstoppable!
¡Muchísimas gracias y adelante!