Dear Fellow Republican,
On this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we pause to reflect on the “greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”
As Americans of many different colors began to gather in Washington, DC to advocate for racial equality, a bomb exploded in Columbia, SC near the home of Henri Montheith, one of three African Americans who was planning to enroll that year at the University of South Carolina. While she and her family were unharmed, the struggle remained very real and even dangerous for those who sought equal rights for their people.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. predicted that 1963 would not be “an end, but a beginning.” Although today there are still challenges to be solved, our state is a much better place because of those who worked so peacefully and diligently, often risking their lives, to bring about so many important changes to our state and nation.
My friend Senator Tim Scott, the first African American U.S. Senator in South Carolina history, wanted to share the following thought with you on this 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
“Our nation and our state remain grateful for the strength and dedication of civil rights leaders like Dr. King and those who participated in the March on Washington,” Scott said. “Their efforts opened opportunities for generations that followed, and continue to provide inspiration as we work to defend those who can’t defend themselves.”
Please join me and all Republicans across our state as we recommit ourselves to the founding ideals of our party and our nation.
Republican National Committeeman for South Carolina
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