January 23, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Activists join MLK ‘Peace/Freedom Walk’
Sterling Washington, Mayor's office of GLBT Affairs, gay news, Washington Blade

Sterling Washington (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

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.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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