Fifty years ago today, a young preacher came to Washington with a dream. In the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. articulated a vision of a more equal and fair society—with full civil and human rights for African-Americans.
Dr. King’s call for people to be judged, not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character, is as powerful today as it was on that day 50 years ago.
New Democrats are proud to be among the millions worldwide who continue to strive to make this dream a reality. While we have come a long way in the fight for equality, we are not there yet. From the harsh persecution of LGBT communities overseas to the struggles in Canada against racial discrimination and for equal opportunities among First Nations, millions of people still yearn to hear freedom ring.
As we recognize this important anniversary, New Democrats renew our commitment to work to support the advancement of civil and human rights here at home—and internationally.