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Dr. King ‘I Have a Dream’ Commemorative Plaque Unveiled at Lincoln Memorial

Date: 
August 22, 2003

Following are the comments of Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released August 22, 2003 at the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative plaque at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on the eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington and Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

"The hard won progress the nation has achieved in the 40 years since Dr. King's historic speech is in mortal danger. That progress is being undermined everyday as our civil rights are being eroded and our gains in racial, social and economic justice are being dismantled," said Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who has been invited to speak at the rally on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. "We are extremely honored to have been invited to be a co-convener of this historic event where we will begin, in unity with the larger civil rights community, the long process of renewing, repairing and restoring the vision of full equality for all."

Matt Foreman will speak tomorrow, August 23,2003 at both the Task Force/Southerners on New Ground sponsored Bayard Rustin rally on the National Mall and at the 40th Anniversary Civil Rights Rally at the Lincoln Memorial. The anniversary rally will be covered live Saturday on C-SPAN television from 3-6pm Eastern time. Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman will be speaking in the 3:00pm hour.

"This is the first time ever that our community has been invited to participate in the March and be represented at the rally," said National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman, who has been invited to speak at the rally on behalf of the LGBT community. "I am honored to walk with my African American brothers and sisters in this, the inclusive 40th anniversary of our nation's historic civil rights March on Washington."

For more information on the march and LGBT community participation as well as Task Force involvement, go to the Task Force March on Washington Web page.

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