Commemorating the anniversary of the March and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

D.C. Leaders to Rally for Statehood During March on Washington Anniversary

Mayor's office notes that King was an advocate of home rule for the city, which lacks voting representation in Congress

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM EDT
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D.C. leaders plan to use the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to push for statehood.
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District of Columbia leaders will be using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to advocate for statehood and greater autonomy for the city.

Mayor Vincent Gray plans to detail those plans at a news conference on Wednesday near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which is now ready for the march following the removal of a controversial paraphrased quotation.

Statehood advocates plan to hold their own, smaller rally Saturday morning before participating in the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march, in which King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The mayor's office notes that King was an advocate of home rule for the city, which lacks voting representation in Congress.

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