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Venezuelan Embassy in the United States Honors 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Speech

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Washington at which the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech, “I have a dream,” in 1963, the chargé d’affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy, Calixto Ortega, in the name of government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro, visited the Memorial to Dr. King and his statue in the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday to pay tribute to the civil rights leader.

Ortega said “we want to highlight the important virtues of Dr. King, who many U.S. historians and serious media outlets consider a founding father, a category generally reserved for those who worked to achieve independence in the United States, including our own Francisco they Miranda played an important role. We want to salute all those people who have remembered Dr. King on this important day and the fact that there is now a monument to him in the center of Washington.”

The head of the Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. wished to carry out the visit to the Memorial and the Capitol to emphasize connections that exist between the people of Venezuela and the United States, and to highlight the lucidity of Dr. King was such a young age gave a speech that opened the doors to great changes in society.

“We in Venezuela are making many dreams a reality from different points of view, but principally to remove an enormous amount of Venezuelans from a situation of anonymity and invisibility with regard to nutrition, health care and education, and this is in total and perfect harmony with the speech that came gave at that moment, where basically, in addition to those elements, he countered the very grave issue of racial discrimination. Meanwhile, we must underline that Dr. King gave his magnificent speech at just 34 years of age, which is an extraordinary achievement,” Ortega said.

The Embassy chief also participated in a gathering at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington to mark the exact date of 50th anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech on Wednesday, which was attended by thousands of members of progressive groups, community leaders, and civil rights activists.

Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the US/ August 29, 2013

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