Skip to comments.Statement by President Obama on the 45th Anniversary of the March from Selma-to-Montgomery
Posted on 03/08/2010 11:11:44 PM PST by Cindy
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The White House
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For Immediate Release March 07, 2010
Statement by President Obama on the 45th Anniversary of the March from Selma-to-Montgomery
On this day, 45 years ago, hundreds of brave men and women gathered in the small town of Selma, Alabama to announce to the world that they, too, sang America. As they marched from Selma to Montgomery, fully aware of the danger that lay ahead, these heroes let their feet speak in a way that their voices alone could not.
Today, as we gather in this hallowed place on the anniversary of what would come to be known as Bloody Sunday, let us honor the memory of all those who were shoved and beaten within an inch of their lives because they believed in the simple truth that every American regardless of race had the right to cast a vote; had the right to live free; had the right to reach for their dreams.
It would take the marchers three tries to make it to Montgomery in March of 1965 and even longer to secure the rights they fought so hard for. Along the way, leaders were born men like John Lewis, who endured taunts and beatings with the same quiet grace and dignity and determination that so many of us admire today. For Congressman Lewis and so many like him, no sacrifice was too great to make in freedoms cause.
The Movement also had a partner in the White House a President who declared we shall overcome, and who understood that our nation could not move forward as long as any of its citizens were held back. President Johnson helped deliver on that promise by signing the Voting Rights Act in August of that year a law that aligned this nation more closely with its founding ideals of justice and equality for all.
Today, we stand on the shoulders of all the Moses Generation that made the Voting Rights Act possible, that made the Civil Rights Act possible, that made the civil rights movement possible. Yet with all of the progress that has been made since that terrible day in Selma, we also know that there is still much work to be done, by us the Joshua generation.
Since taking office, I have never forgotten that responsibility. Thats why the first bill I signed as President helped ensure that never again will someone be forced to do the same work for less pay simply because of their gender. Thats why we continue to give the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Holder, the tools to protect voting rights and defend fair practices across our nation. And thats why last month, we sought final resolution with the nations black farmers who had suffered indignation for years because of the misguided actions of their government.
But we must also remember that the mission at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement was never simply about obtaining the right to sit at a lunch counter or ride on a bus. It was about giving Americans of every race, faith, and station, the right to fulfill their God-given potential. Thats why we are making unprecedented investments in the education of our children; in guaranteeing quality, affordable health care for every American; and in working to create good, well-paying jobs that will help build the economy of the 21st century.
So let us honor the men and women who marched into history so many years ago both those who are with us today, and those who long ago gave their lives to perfect our union. Let us remember their courage in the face of danger, and recommit ourselves to the journey ahead. Because I am confident that if we stand together in the Joshua Generation as the Moses Generation did before us then, in the words of a song we know so well, we will face the rising sun of a new day begun. Thank you.
Was he talking to the Tea Party?
Is this where his parents met, three years after obama was born and they got married,
I remember kids announcing civil rights activities in 1962 in the college dining room and other kids standing up to say integration was against their religion. We have come a long, long way.
“no sacrifice was too great to make in freedoms cause.”
Above all else, Obama should keep those words in mind as he goes about crippling our country, and putting all of American’s liberty at risk.
Obama, on this, the destruction of our freedom and liberty, you shall not overcome.
The Joshua Generation?
Jesse would’a been there, but he was fightin’ for equal BINGO rights in Montgomery
Clinton was a far better liar. Obama is just a more prolific and pathetic liar.