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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Other District Officials Welcome Thousands of DC Residents to King Memorial


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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined other members of his Cabinet, the DC Council and local and national civil rights leaders in welcoming thousands of District residents to DC Residents Day at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

The Mayor talked with residents waiting to see the magnificent new tribute to one of the heroes of American history and discussed with them, with the other dignitaries present and with members of the media the memorial’s meaning to him and to the District as it continues Dr. King’s struggle for freedom and full democracy for all Americans.

“In 1965, in a speech in Lafayette Park, Dr. King said that Congress had been ‘derelict in their duties and sacred responsibility to make justice and freedom a reality for all citizens in the District of Columbia,’” Mayor Gray said. “We are honoring his legacy today by continuing to fight for full democracy and equal representation for the 600,000 Americans who call the District of Columbia home, but have no vote in our Congress.”

Besides Mayor Gray, other leaders who attended the event included DC Councilmembers Michael Brown and Marion Barry; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President Wade Henderson; Greater Washington Urban League President and CEO Maudine Cooper; AFL-CIO Metropolitan Washington Labor Council President Joslyn Williams; Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation President and CEO Harry Johnson; and other local and national leaders as well as multiple members of the Mayor’s Cabinet.