It's been 50 years since 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall for the Great March on Washington. Organized as a clarion call for jobs and freedom, it later became one of our nation's most well-known civil rights demonstrations. Thanks to countless Americans and notable leaders like Congressman John Lewis, A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Arkansas's own Daisy Bates, this movement paved the way for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the continuous pursuit of equality and justice.
This week, ceremonies and reenactments of the march are being held across our country in an effort to remind all Americans that freedom isn't free. It's secured through the blood, sweat, tears, tragedy, and triumphs of each generation. Today we celebrate this sacrifice and thank the many heroes who have brought our country this far, and we look forward to seeing where the future will lead us.