Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

Representing the 24th District of Florida

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Joins Thousands Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of "The March on Washington"

Aug 26, 2013
Press Release

Miami, FL— Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and tens of thousands of people gathered at the National Mall on Saturday, August 24, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The March on Washington," where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous and inspirational  speech "I Have a Dream."  Some two hundred fifty thousand people attended the historic August 28,1963 march where civil rights leaders called for freedom, justice, equality and jobs.

"I remember that historic day and being deeply moved by the sight of all those people, black and white, and being captivated by Dr. King's speech, which was a call to action and a call for change. While, no doubt, African-Americans and other minorities have made tremendous gains, there is still much work to be done when it comes tovoting rights, equal access to education, affordable housing, and especially economic inclusion. We were fighting for jobs then and we are still fighting for jobs now. Hopefully this commemorative march will be a wakeup call to Congress to act in the best interest of the people to get our economy up and running and put people back to work," said Congresswoman Wilson.

Congresswoman Wilson introduced the American Jobs Act of 2013 to stop teacher layoffs, restart desperately-needed improvements and maintenance to roads and bridges, retrain the jobless, and create incentives for businesses to hire the long-term unemployed. This legislation also simply and immediately stops sequestration.

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a second-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.  Along with Congressman Bill Posey, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Wilson serves as founding Co-Chair of the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways.