Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hello, everyone --
President Obama was just two years old when Dr. King, along with
hundreds of thousands of ordinary folks, inspired the country at the March on
Washington. The President is a full generation removed from the heroes who
marched across the bridge in Selma, who boycotted the buses in Montgomery, who
integrated the lunch counters in Greensboro, but they inspired his commitment
to public service.
And if his presidency is a symbol of the progress we've made as
a nation, his speech yesterday -- a full half century after the March on
Washington -- was an impassioned call to continue building on the work of the
civil rights movement.
It was quite a moment. Take a minute to watch the video,
then share it with your friends.
We too often forget that when the crowds converged on the
National Mall 50 years ago, they were marching for jobs and freedom. The
speakers talked about rolling back oppression, but they also demanded equal
access to opportunity and a fair shot at economic success.
We have made great progress, but these goals remain just as
relevant today as they were in 1963. Every American deserves to feel the pride
of a hard-earned paycheck and the opportunity to achieve their dreams,
regardless of who they are or where they are born.
As President Obama said, "The arc of the moral universe may
bend toward justice, but it doesn't bend on its own. To secure the gains this
country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency."
Thank you -- and here's to our continued progress over the next