A contingent of LGBT activists, including Sterling Washington, director of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of GLBT Affairs, participated in D.C.’s 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Freedom Walk, which was held Saturday morning, Jan. 19.
Participants assembled outside the United Black Fund headquarters on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, S.E. and walked to Shepard Park, where Washington, Gray and others spoke about King’s legacy.
“It is fitting that President Obama’s second inauguration falls on the national holiday celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday,” Washington told the Blade in a statement. “I see clear correlations between the philosophy of Dr. King and President Obama’s commitment to fairness and equality for all Americans,” he said.