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Statement of James R. Silkenat, ABA President, Re: 50 Years Later: Marching Together


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Statement of James R. Silkenat, ABA President, Re: 50 Years Later: Marching Together

By Gabriel McIntosh

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 27, 2013 — When — 50 years ago — Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called for justice for every American, he invoked the spirit of our nation’s most hallowed documents as proof of how great we could be as a country, as a people.


Equal justice under law is, in the words of Dr. King, a promissory note to every American. Yet a half-century after the March on Washington, we know that justice is not always blind. We know that the right to vote is in jeopardy. We know that, as lawyers, we must break down discriminatory barriers and encourage African-Americans and underrepresented groups to join our great profession.

Dr. King and the many thousands who marched in D.C. 50 years ago urged us then to pursue the struggle for equal justice. That remains a priority for the American Bar Association and our justice system.

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