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From: Wayne Hanrattie
Received: Aug. 29
I want to thank The Republic for taking the time and making the effort to let the people of Columbus know that there was an opportunity to join with tens of thousands of others in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 24 to participate in the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech and also to join in the March for Justice and Jobs. I’m also thankful for the coverage provided by two of our Indianapolis TV stations, coverage that was initiated by them after the first article appeared in The Republic.
Our city celebrates and takes pride in its diversity. I can certainly attest to the diversity of those who joined me on the bus trip last week. We had African-American clergy; students and teachers from local elementary, middle and high schools, and also from IUPUC; public, private and nonprofit employees; city and county residents. Young and old, male and female, black and white, gay and straight, Republican and Democrat, we all joined in one experience celebrating the idea of “justice for all” in America.
Dr. King was not defined by party politics. He wanted his children to one day join hands with other children who were black or brown or red or white, and to make this country of ours a place where love and justice reign in equal amounts. Thank you again for helping to publicize this opportunity to experience a little bit of that dream.
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