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Excerpts from Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream'

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

EXCERPTS FROM OBAMA'S SPEECH

WE RIGHTLY AND BEST REMEMBER Dr. King's soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions; how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike. His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time. …

BECAUSE THEY MARCHED, a civil rights law was passed. Because they marched, a voting rights law was signed. Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else's laundry or shining somebody else's shoes. Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed, and Congress changed, and, yes, eventually, the White House changed. …

AMERICA, I KNOW THE ROAD WILL BE LONG, but I know we can get there. Yes, we will stumble, but I know we'll get back up. That's how a movement happens. That's how history bends. That's how when somebody is faint of heart, somebody else brings them along and says, "Come on, we're marching." …

EVERYONE WHO REALIZES WHAT THOSE GLORIOUS PATRIOTS knew on that day — that change does not come from Washington, but to Washington; that change has always been built on our willingness, we the people, to take on the mantle of citizenship — you are marching.

Excerpts from Obama's speech on the 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' 08/28/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:20pm]

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