Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech before an estimated 250,000 people.
"All North Carolinians stand on the shoulders of what was accomplished 50 years ago today at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. We must keep Dr. Martin Luther King's words alive, not by merely hearing or reciting them, but by transforming them into deeds that will create economic and educational opportunities for all. We must work together to create jobs, expand educational opportunities that will train and retrain our workforce, and lower the tax burden on our families to encourage more first-time homeowners and entrepreneurs whose success will stabilize our communities.
"The fight for equal access to opportunity is far from over. We may not agree on the route we take, however our destination is undeniable. Each of us must believe that regardless of what we have or where we come from, we can go as far as our education, work, and dreams will take us. And we must be committed to a life of personal responsibility that will make Dr. King's dream come true for all Americans."