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Thousands Gather in Washington for 50th Anniversary of March for Jobs and Freedom

Thousands of people gathered today around the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in the U.S. capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington in which the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech, "I have a dream."

With chants and banners representing different progressive organizations, community leaders and civil rights activists joined the March for Jobs and Freedom.

During the rally, participants called for continuing the fight that Dr. King began more than half a century ago for better educational and employment opportunities and civil rights guarantees for all Americans.

He also participated in the march Hispanic leaders for immigration reform.

This concentration is part of various activities taking place this week in Washington from August 21 through 28, the exact date of the 50th anniversary of the speech, when a march is planned which will involve President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, among others.

In his "I have a dream" speech, Dr. King spoke powerfully and eloquently of his desire for a future in which Black and white people could live as equals. King spoke these words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Dr. King was a tireless advocate for social justice and equality who fought to end discrimination against African Americans, but also worked to end poverty and bring peace to the United States and the world. Although best known for his efforts to achieve civil rights for minorities before his assassination, he worked tirelessly to promote economic justice for the poor in general.

Dr. King has been great source of inspiration for Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution. The policies of President Hugo Chavez and current president Nicolas Maduro have been geared toward promoting political, economic and social change in Venezuela to foster peace and democracy. The words of Dr. King in his speech upon accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 evoke the project that is currently underway in Venezuela: "I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits."

Dr. King was a visionary and revolutionary who continues to motivate people and governments around the world to do extraordinary things. Just as he sought a world free of discrimination, poverty and war, Venezuela continues to seek a brighter future for its people and the world.

Press-Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / August 24, 2013

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