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Equality Pennsylvania President Adrian Shanker to Speak at National Rally and March in Washington, DC Commemorating 50th Anniversary of 1963 March

Adrian Shanker, President of Equality Pennsylvania, has been invited to speak at the National Action to Realize the Dream, the official rally commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. The rally and march will take place on August 24, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.

In the letter inviting Shanker to speak, Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III wrote that the purpose of the event is “not only [to celebrate] the historic 1963 March on Washington, but also [to] galvanize the American people around the compelling issues that confront [us] today.”

“It is a true honor to be invited to speak at this important march. While our country has seen great strides for civil and human rights in the last 50 years, we have much further to go before the dream Dr. King shared in 1963 will be realized, and I look forward to sharing my perspective at the march,” said Shanker.

The event is convened by Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, and Martin Luther King, III. Additional speakers at the rally include an alliance of prominent advocates of labor, health, housing, education, civil and human rights including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Congressman John Lewis, the families of Emmitt Till and Trayvon Martin, AFT President Randi Weingarten, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and many others. Speakers will be listed on the National Action Network website in the future (

Shanker, of Bethlehem, has served as President of Equality Pennsylvania since 2011 and previously served as Vice President of Pennsylvania Diversity Network. He has served on the Transition Team for PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale and the Human Relations Commission of the City of Allentown. Shanker has led campaigns to win a non-discrimination law in Bethlehem, PA and domestic partner benefits for city employees in Allentown and Easton, PA and has provided testimony to the Philadelphia City Council for the Equal Benefits Bill (2011) and the LGBT Equality Bill (2013.) In 2012, he was named a “person of the year” by the Philadelphia Gay News.

The event is open to the public; however, media interested in covering the event should seek credentials here:

For more information, contact:
Ted Martin, Executive Director
(717) 319-5210 |

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