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Video highlights from the Let Freedom Ring Ceremony

Posted by Anush Elbakyan, Boston.com Staff  August 28, 2013 03:42 PM

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Obama pays tribute to Dr. King in the opening of his March On Washington speech.

President Obama spoke at Lincoln Memorial Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. With Biblical references and the cadences of a preacher, Obama used the refrain, quote, ‘‘because they marched,’’ as he recited the achievements of the civil rights movement.


Clinton: Stop Complaining, Start Fixing America

Former president Bill Clinton urged the audience at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to "stop complaining" and begin fixing the inequalities that remain in America.

President Carter Speaks at March on Washington Anniversary


Oprah Speaks at the March on Washington Anniversary

John Lewis: 'Stains Of Racism' Remain In Trayvon Martin Verdict, Stop And Frisk

Speaking at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Rep. John Lewis blasted what he termed continuing American racism while paying tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. He said “invisible signs…form a gulf between us. Too many of us still believe our differences define us...the scars and stains of racism still remain deeply embedded in American society." He cited stop and frisk in New York and Trayvon Martin in Florida as evidence of racism. He blamed the "mass incarceration" of millions of black men on racism, as well as the "renewed struggle for voting rights." He added, "We must never, never give up!"


Sharpton's MLK Anniversary Speech: Sharpton: 'We Will Beat James Crow Jr., Esq.'

Al Sharpton, the MSNBC host and president of the National Action Network, called on those attending the 50th anniversary ceremony of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on Wednesday in Washington to defeat James Crow Jr., Esquire, who Sharpton said was Jim Crow's son. Sharpton said "James Crow, Jr., Esq." writes "voting suppression laws," but "puts it in language that looks different, but the results are the same." "Just like our mothers and fathers beat Jim Crow, we will beat James Crow Jr., Esq.” Sharpton said.


King III: 'We've Got a Lot of Work to Do'

Taking stock of progress both made and still to come, Americans of all backgrounds and colors massed on the National Mall to hear President Barack Obama and civil rights pioneers commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.


Stars, Activists Urge to Keep MLK Fight Alive

Actor Jamie Foxx and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton energized the crowd at the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. The two urged a new generation to keep up MLK's fight for equality.


Thousands Gather to Honor Historic MLK Speech

Thousands gather on the National Mall to honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. Those attending felt it was important to mark the progress the civil rights movements has made so far.

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