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In March On Washington Speech, Gray Links King's Dream To D.C. Voting Rights

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D.C. Mayor Gray focused on the District's lack of autonomy during his speech at 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. 

Gray told the crowd, in his words, to let freedom ring for all the residents of D.C., calling on people to join the District's push for more representation in Congress.

"We must allow freedom to ring from the ridges of Anacostia, where Frederick Douglass made his home," he said. "And—most of all—we must allow freedom to ring from Capitol Hill itself, until all of the residents of the very seat of our great democracy are truly free!"

The mayor delivered his speech during this morning's Let Freedom Ring ceremony. He reminded the crowd that city residents pay more than $3.5 billion dollars in federal taxes but don't have the final say in how local dollars are spent. 

Gray said Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is unfulfilled because the residents of the nation's capital are denied full participation in democracy.

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