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Joined by 33rd District Residents, Families, Youth and Clergy, Espada Commemorates 47th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Historic March on Washington
 
            Joined by community, clergy and youth groups from the 33rd District, State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. held a “march for peace and unity” on Sunday to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic March on Washington, where the late civil and human rights icon delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

            “I was encouraged by the response and participation by our community, particularly our children and young people who turned out for this event. They sent a strong message that the actions and behavior of those who pursue the path of violence and discrimination will not be tolerated in our streets and neighborhoods,” Senator Espada said before the march kicked off at 178th Street and the Grand Concourse.

            The Reverend Ray Rivera of the Latino Pastoral Action Center began the march with a prayer. Senator Espada led participants north on the Grand Concourse towards Creston Avenue and East 188th Street, where the march concluded with a service at the Creston Avenue Baptist Church.

            Both Bishop Michael Marcano of the Creston Avenue Baptist Church and Rev. Rivera spoke at the service, where Senator Espada also delivered uplifting words about his ongoing fight in the state legislature for greater protections and rights for all immigrant populations, farm workers and hard working families of the 33rd District. #