Himes marks the 50th anniversary of historic March on Washington

Congressman Jim Himes, whose district includes most of Shelton, said America should acknowledge “all those who championed equality for all citizens” while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington in 1963, an event considered a turning point in the U.S. civil rights movement.

“Fifty years ago, ordinary people with extraordinary vision joined forces in pursuit of equal rights,” Himes said. “Though the marchers represented different organizations, came from different parts of the country, and were of different races and creeds, they shared a common vision of fairness, brotherhood, and love.

“As we recall the spirit of collaboration that characterized the March, we must acknowledge the debt we owe to all those who championed equality for all citizens,” he said.

Will participate in Fairfield County rally

Himes, a Democrat in his third term, will participate in a rally Tuesday afternoon at the Stamford Government Center to celebrate the anniversary.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on Aug. 28, 1963 and was one of the largest and most influential political rallies in American history. The march called for the economic and civil rights of African-Americans, and featured the seminal “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

'There is still work to be done'

Himes said while the United States has “come so far in our efforts to realize the dream of Dr. King and his contemporaries, there is still work to be done. Let us use this anniversary as an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of fair access to voting and jobs for all.

“Especially in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County vs. Holder,” he continued, “Congress must put aside partisan politics to ensure that the days when intimidation and restriction surrounded the democratic process stay in the past.

Himes said the nation “cannot ignore the fact that our nation still struggles with vast economic inequality and limits to access to higher education ... To honor those who marched on Washington fifty years ago, we must carry the mantle of leadership for equality and rise to meet the challenges we face today.”

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

Congressman Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. She represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.