THE HNBA COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

THE HNBA COMMEMORATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) celebrates and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. The March included the powerful and inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and became one of the catalysts for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While significant progress has been made in the past 50 years, including seeing the first African-American, Barack Obama, twice-elected President of the United States, much work remains to be done.

“The HNBA celebrates the courageous work undertaken 50 years ago by leaders who advocated for civil rights for all, including Dr. King,” stated HNBA National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. “Their work led to significant positive changes in our country, including protection of civil rights and voting rights. Despite this progress, much work lies ahead, including enacting comprehensive immigration reform and ensuring voter protection. It is sadly ironic that while we commemorate the March on Washington that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we recently saw the U.S. Supreme Court invalidate a key provision of that Act. The HNBA will continue to work tirelessly to protect the rights of all Americans.”

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding three decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

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