Yesterday, we witnessed the President of the United States make history right before our own eyes.
In commemoration of Martin Luther King‘s iconic march in Selma, Alabama, Barack Obama marched on the same bridge (Edmond Pettus Bridge) MLK marched on 50 years ago, with his family, several civil rights leaders, and members of Congress.
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Obama said during his speech:
That’s why Selma is not some outlier in the American experience. That’s why it’s not a museum or static monument to behold from a distance. It is instead the manifestation of a creed written into our founding documents:
“We the People…in order to form a more perfect union.”
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
These are not just words. They are a living thing, a call to action, a roadmap for citizenship and an insistence in the capacity of free men and women to shape our own destiny. For founders like Franklin and Jefferson, for leaders like Lincoln and FDR, the success of our experiment in self-government rested on engaging all our citizens in this work. That’s what we celebrate here in Selma. That’s what this movement was all about, one leg in our long journey toward freedom.
What a historic moment!