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The dream, 50 years later

Excerpts from speakers commemorating King's 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

11:57 PM, Aug. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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As part of the celebration of today's 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., thousands gathered on Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the same place where King delivered the landmark civil rights speech that came to define the movement. Here are some excerpts from speeches delivered on Saturday:

"This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration. Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more.

"The vision preached by my father a half-century ago was that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. However, sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin's mother and father remind us that far too often the color of one's skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder with no regard for the content of one's character. ...

"Yes we all need love for each another, black, white and yellow, red and brown, gay and straight, Christians, Muslims and Jews and all of God's children loving one another. We must embrace love and hold on to that powerful spiritual which inspired my father's generation and inspires us still today, 'We ain't gonna let nobody turn us around.'"

- Martin Luther King III

Those who marched on Washington in 1963 had taken a long and difficult road - from Montgomery, to Greensboro, to Birmingham; through Selma and Tuscaloosa. They marched - in spite of animosity, oppression, and brutality - because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept.

Their focus, at that time, was the sacred and sadly unmet commitments of the American system as it applied to African Americans. As we gather today, 50 years later, their march - now our march - goes on. And our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities, and of countless others across this country who still yearn for equality, opportunity, and fair treatment.

- Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General

"Those days, for the most part, are gone. But we have another fight. We must stand up and fight the good fight as we march today, for there are forces, there are people who want to take us back. We cannot go back. We've come too far. We want to go forward. ... I gave a littel blood on that bridge in Selma, Ala., for the right to vote. I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us.

"We cannot give up. We cannot give out. And we cannot give in."

- John Lewis

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