Fifty years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a large crowd streamed onto the National Mall and listened as civil rights leaders urged them — sometimes defiantly — to keep fighting for equal rights and justice.
Jamie Foxx commissioned young people to respect their elders and get in the race!
President Obama reminded us that “because they marched America changed for you and me.”
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Coulda, woulda, shoulda… Just Do It! Can’t be a witness when you’re 2 busy participating in the action #BeTheChangeYouWantToSee
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They rang the bell that was salvaged from the 16ht Street Baptist Church. Very moving.
Bernice King reminded us to go back to wherever we are from and let freedom ring.
President Jimmy Carter gave his first hand account of understanding “we are to serve.”
Civil rights leader and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young urged thousands who had returned to the spot to “Pray on, stay on and fight on.” Through on-and-off rain showers that were occasionally heavy, marchers making their way to the Mall waved banners that read, “The new Jim Crow must go” and “50 years later still fighting to vote,” sang traditional protest songs and chanted, “Education is our right — education is our fight!”
The 1963 march focused on what Young called “the triple evils of racism, war and poverty,” but he said King’s speech focused mostly on poverty. “He said that the Constitution was a promissory note to which all of us would fall heir, but that when men and women of color presented their check at the Bank of Justice, it came back marked ‘insufficient funds.’ “
“Fifty years later,” Young concluded, “we’re still here trying to cash that bad check. Fifty years later, we’re still dealing with all kinds of problems, and so we’re not here to claim any victory — we’re to simply say that the struggle continues.”
LeAnn Rimes Cibrian reached back to her roots and sang her hearrt out See below:
Kid President Said Keep Dreaming!
President Obama reminded us that the job is not done! ”
To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest little has changed dishonors” the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march, Obama said. But to say that everything is OK, also dishonors that legacy.
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