FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 22, 2013
CONTACT: Elliot Imse, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, 202.285.3348, [email protected]
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) released an inspirational tribute video in which staff recites powerful moments from speeches given at the March. As speeches from six speakers are woven together, “We Shall Overcome” plays and images from the March and civil rights era are shown. The video ends with the hopeful and prescient words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
In addition to Dr. King, OHR staff recites segments of March on Washington speeches from John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Daisy Bates, Josephine Baker and James Farmer. The video (with closed captioning) and transcript are available at ohr.dc.gov/marchforward, or on YouTube at youtube.com/dchumanrights. Learn more about activities for the 50th anniversary at marchondc50.dc.gov.
About the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) was established to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity and protect human rights for persons who live in or visit the District of Columbia. The agency enforces local and federal human rights laws, including the DC Human Rights Act, by providing a legal process to those who believe they have been discriminated against. OHR also proactively enforces human rights in the District through Director’s Inquiries, which allow it to identify and investigate practices and policies that may be discriminatory.