President Obama Speaks: 50th Anniversary of the Civil-Rights March on Washington

Today President Obama stands at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of the March on Washington where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech fifty years ago .

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President Obama paid tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and to the anonymous millions who stood by King’s side during the civil rights fight of the 1960s.

Obama remembered those who could not marry the ones they loved because of so-called anti-miscegenation laws, African-American soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they could not enjoy on U.S. soil and white Americans who could not stand by discrimination and sacrificed sometimes with their own blood .

“Because they marched, America became more fair,” Obama said. “America changed for you and me and the entire world grew strength from that example.”

-USA Today



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