President Barack Obama today delivered a thirty-minuty speech honoring and commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered during the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. President Obama reached out to all minorities, and specifically worked to honor King’s words, that ”if one of us is not free, then none of us are truly free.” The President mentioned people with disabilities, latinos, women, and other minorities fighting for freed and equality.
Noting that freedom takes courage, the President said that “courage comes when an interracial couple connects to a gay couple who has been discriminated against, and understands it as their own.”
“That’s where courage comes from—when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards each other.”
“To dismiss the magnitude of this progress…dishonors the courage and the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march.”
Earlier in his remarks the President said, “We can have the courage to change. The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history.” He also noted the “arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice but it doesn’t bend on its own.”
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