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Bahamas PM speaks at 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie spoke on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC August 28 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013

PM at March on Washington

Pictured: Prime Minister Perry Christie delivers a speech to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, August 28, Washington DC. (Photos courtesy BIS)

WASHINGTON, DC — Prime Minister Perry Christie spoke to thousands of people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC August 28 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr Martin Luther King Jr made his famous “I have a dream” speech.

Prime Minister Christie said that Martin Luther King Jr holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Bahamians, because he spent time in Nassau and on Bimini where, in 1964, while on vacation, he composed his Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

The Prime Minister said: “On a clear night the lights of metropolitan Miami are visible from the shores of Bimini, dramatizing the closeness between our two nations. We are, after all, less than 50 miles apart.”

“The common ties of history, of ethnicity and culture, of migration, and of a common heritage of struggle bind us together, not just as neighbours nor even only as friends, but as true brothers and sisters.”

The Prime Minister said: “As momentous as this occasion is, we do a grave injustice to ourselves and to all humanity if we leave here unresolved to carry on the great and noble struggle for which Martin Luther King Jr gave his life.”

The Prime Minister said that “people from around the world should mark success in their common struggle for freedom by looking at their children and see them growing in self-confidence and in the conviction that in their society there is a place for them; a place where they will prosper, meeting the practical needs of their families, while still having the time and the means to enjoy their lives; a place where they can live at peace with one another, knowing that they are respected and appreciated.”

Prime Minister Christie said that Martin Luther King Jr’s earthly life may have ended on a Memphis balcony in the sudden, fleeting flash of gunfire, but the flame of his great dream endures. “It burns ever bright, all across the globe.”

“May the light of that flame continue to guide us as we go forth now, each in his own way, each in his own nation, to continue the work of Dr King Jr.”

“In that way, and in no other, we keep his dream alive and make it our own.”

Other speakers at the anniversary march included President of the United States Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Sidney Poitier.

The Prime Minister of The Bahamas spoke to attendees of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington DC August 28. Watch the address here.

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