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-- the king.
-- -- Who head.
And inspired so much.
Vice President Biden.
-- Fellow Americans.
Five decades -- go to bed.
To this honored place.
-- promise made it that are found.
We call this -- To be -- out.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Certain unalienable rights.
Among -- -- life.
-- -- -- -- In 1963.
Almost 200 years after those words were sent the -- -- century after a great war was -- and emancipation.
Remained -- that.
They came by the thousands.
From every corner of our time.
Men and women.
Young and hope.
Blacks who long for freedom and why we could no longer -- freedom for themselves while witnessing subjugation about the.
Across the land.
Sent the ball recruit.
And with -- Middle of the night entire blocks of -- came out.
To wish -- well.
With a few dollars this grant from their labor.
Some bought tickets and boarded buses.
Didn't -- -- always -- where they want to.
Those -- less -- pitch right.
-- -- There were seamstress.
And still work.
May -- Pullman porters.
-- simple meals.
And bunk together on news.
And then that.
-- hot summer day.
They assembled it.
And our nation's capital.
Under the shadow.
Great events there.
Offered testimony eight.
-- -- To petition that.
They're government or regrets.
And -- America long slumbering conscience.
And best remembered.
Doctor King soaring oratory that day.
How he gave -- voice to the -- hopes of millions.
I'll be offered a salvation -- Repressed.
The president elect.
-- -- -- Power and prophecy.
Unmatched in our time.
We would do well to -- call that -- itself also belong to no.
Those ordinary people.
Whose -- never appeared.
In the history books.
I got on TV.
Many had gone to segregated schools and Saturday.
Segregated lunch counters.
Live in towns where they couldn't vote.
-- where their votes didn't matter.
There were couples and love a good -- Soldiers who fought for freedom abroad.
-- they found them.
Denied to them at home.
-- they loved ones being.
-- -- -- They had every reason to lash out and.
Or resign themselves.
To a bit -- straight.
They chose a different -- In the face of hatred.
For their tormentors.
In the face of violence.
-- -- moral force of nonviolence.
They went to jail to protest under this law.
Swelling of the sound of -- -- A lifetime of -- have taught them that no man can take away the but he embraces the god brands.
-- learned through hard experience.
What Frederick Douglass once all that freedom is not given it must be one his problem and doesn't.
Persistence and right.
That was the spirits.
They brought here that there.
Like John Lewis.
Brought to that day.
-- -- spirit -- they carried with them.
Like a torch.
-- that is in the neighborhoods.
Got -- -- blame upon kids and courage.
That would stand them through the campaigns to come.
Voter registration drives.
Smaller margins are in the spotlight.
Through the loss of poor little girls in Birmingham.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Dallas.
And -- rapes.
That -- of justice what.
Never -- Because they can't march.
Because -- -- civil rights always -- Because they marched the voting rights -- line.
Because -- mart -- of opportunity in education.
One moment so their daughters and sons survive imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody -- -- longer.
Presiding somebody else's shoes.
Because they marched -- City Council.
Rules change that state legislatures changed that congress change that yes.
Eventually the White House saying.
Because they -- America became more employees and more prayer not just for African Americans but what women -- -- -- homes.
He's -- native Americans.
We're Catholics Jews and Muslims.
America changed for you implement.
In the entire world strength.
Well -- young people watched from the other side.
Of an iron curtain.
And would eventually tear down that -- -- -- young people insides out out.
Would eventually and -- -- Both.
Are the victories they want.
-- -- -- -- And hoping the -- And is the transformation and that they wrong.
-- -- Of their well -- That's the best that I and millions of Americans all of those majors.
Was -- Secretaries.
-- got to run a company admitted they did.
Ever had a chance.
Dwight Jones who put themselves in harm's way.
-- Japanese Americans were -- her own internment.
-- Jewish Americans.
-- survived the Holocaust.
People who could have given up and dividend but kept on Cuba -- knowing that.
-- -- -- -- -- Come up in the morning.
On the battlefield justice.
Men and women without -- Well we're title -- -- Liberate us all.
In ways that are children now take for granted.
-- people of all colors and creeds live together learn together.
And while ago.
But alongside one another law -- -- up.
Judge one another by the content.
Whose greatest nation on.
-- -- -- The magnitude of this problem.
That some sometimes do.
Little has changed.
It -- honors the courage.
Pay the prices to march and.
-- -- -- Michael Schwerner and the king junior.
Their victory was right.
But we want dishonor those heroes as well.
The work of this nation somehow complete.
The -- of moral universe may bend towards justice but.
It doesn't bend on its own.
To secure the games in this country has made it requires constant vigilance.
Went by challenging those war -- new barriers to the -- When you're in the dale Douglas work equally brawl in the criminal justice system and not simply a pipeline.
From underfunded schools overcrowded jails.
It requires vigilance.
And -- suffer.
The occasional setback.
But we women's -- Country has changed too much.
People of good will regardless of party are too plentiful.
For blues within a little.
Changed -- -- -- -- -- -- The security of civil rights.
Eradication of legalized.
The very significance.
Of these victims.
A second goal of the march.
For the men and women together.
Fifty years ago.
We're not -- in search of some abstract idea.
They were they are seeking jobs.
As well as justice.
Not just we have tons of oppression.
But the presence of economic opportunity.
What does -- profit a man.
Doctor King would ask to -- an integrated lunch count.
We can't afford to me.
This idea that no one's liberty is -- -- -- -- But this requires.
The dignity of work.
Skills to find work.
And paying some measure of material security.
I think it was not -- Lincoln himself understood the declaration.
Of independence such terms -- the promise.
That in due time.
But -- it should be lifted from the shoulders of all -- And that all should have an equal chance.
Doctor -- explained that the goals of African Americans.
Identical to working people all race.
-- They're working conditions.
Livable housing old age security health and welfare measures conditions in which families can grow -- education for their children.
And respected in the community.
-- king was describing.
This being the dream of every America.
What -- for centuries.
-- -- -- -- -- And it's longer this sector of the match.
The economic opportunity.
The chance -- on a total.
They advanced one station in life.
But the goals.
For fifty years don't have fallen.
Yes there have been examples of success within Black America that would have been unimaginable.
A half century ago.
Started -- noted black unemployment has remained almost twice as -- -- Let's go unemployment close behind.
The gap in -- between races has not lessened.
-- -- As President Clinton indicated.
The position -- all working Americans regardless of color.
-- -- Making the dream Doctor King brought up even more -- For over a decade working Americans of all races have seen -- wages and incomes stagnant even as corporate problems -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Equality it's steadily risen.
Over the seconds.
Upward mobility has become part.
Too many -- across this conflict in cities and suburbs and rural -- The shuttle poverty cast a Pall over arguing their lives.
A worker's sub -- news and diminished prospects.
Inadequate health care.
And perennial violence.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Must remind ourselves that the measure progress for those -- fifty years ago was not merely.
-- how many blacks could join the ranks.
Of -- there was whether this concert would have meant all the people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ring.
Of -- middle class like.
The test was not and never has been.
The doors about -- -- cracked a bit wider for a few.
Whether our economic system provides a fair shot for them.
The black custodian and the -- to work.
-- immigrant dishwasher.
And the native American government.
To win that battle.
To answer that.
This remains our great unfinished business.
We should pull ourselves.
The task one obvious.
Ninety -- they promised change.
The twenty -- technology and global competition that's attracted those jobs once provided -- -- Into the middle class.
Reduce the bargaining power of American workers.
-- who benefit from an unjust status quo.
Resisted any government efforts to give working families of -- area.
Marshalling an army of lobbyists and opinion make.
Targeted minimum wage increases are stronger labor laws -- taxes on wealthier could -- -- just upon the crumbling schools that all these things.
Violated sound economic -- -- be told that.
Growing inequality it was a price for a growing economy.
-- free market.
-- it was good.
And compassion and affect.
Those without jobs or help here and only themselves -- -- -- -- -- -- Officials who found it useful to practice -- politics of division.
Doing their best to convince middle class Americans of agreed on through the government was somehow itself to blame for -- they're growing economic and secured.
The distant bureaucrats were taking their hard earned dollars to benefit the welfare -- -- the illegal immigrant.
If we're honest with ourselves.
We'll admit it during the course of fifty years there were times when some of us -- To push for change.
Lost our -- -- portion of assassinations.
That -- self defeating rivals.
Legitimate grievances against police brutality.
Tips and excuse making war criminal behavior.
Racial politics could cut -- -- As the transformative message of punitive.
And brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination.
And what it once -- a call for equality of opportunity.
The chance for all Americans to work hard.
And got ahead.
Too often framed.
As a mere desire for government support.
Have we had no agency.
And our -- little break.
The pilot will excuse.
Now raising your job.
-- -- -- -- To give up on yourself.
All of that history.
Is how progress well.
Let's all hope was diverted.
So our country remained.
But the good news.
Just as was true in 96 -- were.
We now have a shorts.
We can continue down our current -- -- -- the gears of this great democracy grind to a hall and our children except a life of lower expectations.
Where politics -- a zero sum game.
Where do you do very well while struggling families of every race pipe over shrinking economic -- that's one pet.
Or we can have the courage to check.
The march on Washington teaches us that we are not practice.
-- mistakes of history.
We are masters of our -- But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be capped.
When we work together.
We'll have to reignite.
But we have developing it.
The coalition of conscience.
That found expression.
In this place.
Fifty years ago.
I believe that spirit -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I cheered when what mother recognizes her own daughter in the face before election.
-- see it win the black and thinks of his own grandfather and the -- -- Of an elderly white men.
It's there when the native born recognizing.
That's driving spirit of new immigrant.
When interracial couple and that's the pain.
Of a gay couple were discriminated against and understands -- -- their -- -- courage comes wrong.
When we -- not from each other.
-- each other but towards one another and we.
Now -- -- that's more courage comes from.
And with the current -- we can stand together.
For good jobs and just wait.
We're back -- we can spend together.
For the right to health care in the richest nation on -- Robert person.
Went back courage we can spend another for the right of every child from the corner of the manage content to the -- and apple legend Dick yeah.
Education and the -- of the mine and captures the spirit and prepare them for the world awaits them.
-- that car and we can beat the hung.
And how the homeless.
Waste land the poverty.
In the fields of commerce.
America I know the road will be long.
We can get that.
Yes we will stumble but I know we'll get back up.
That's no movement haven't.
-- three bands.
That's always somebody has -- -- harder somebody else -- Malone says hello we're marching.
-- -- -- -- Don't want somebody -- mark that day and in the days to come -- -- The younger -- constrained by having the -- And to try and -- The conventions of what is.
Dared to dream -- to imagine something -- And I am convinced that -- I -- imagination.
-- -- -- -- in this generation.
We might not face the same dangers of 1963.
Fierce urgency of now remains.
We may never duplicate this well.
I'm proud of them battling possession -- that -- so long ago no one can match -- brilliance but fame playing good let.
The heart of all.
We're willing to take her first Deborah -- I know that Lieberman's.
Who gets the Orleans -- -- in -- and her own pocket to buy supplies because she believed that.
Every child is our charge.
It turns up airwaves amendment offered the -- doorman maybe the next -- who's done on the margin.
As far as I love -- daughters and a -- that would.
Competent to -- through this landlords and anybody son margin.
The father who realize -- the most import.
And now they'll ever have a brand new -- right.
Even if he didn't have a -- especially -- -- -- -- -- -- home.
The battle scarred veteran who devote themselves not only to help and their fellow warriors stand again and walk again -- run again.
But to keep serving their country when they come home they are marching.
Who realizes what those glorious -- no I'm not.
The change does not come from Washington but to Washington.
The change you've always been built on our well agreement we the people that take on the mantle of citizenship you are marching.
And that's the lesson of our -- That's the promise.
In the face of impossible options.
People who love and comfort to.
When millions of Americans ever races and -- Richard.
Everybody and every station can join together in a spirit of brotherhood -- -- mound he will be metal.
-- -- rough places will be made playing.
And those broken places that's right now towards -- Then we -- abandoning the bank of those who sacrificed so much and live up at the true meaning of our 3001.
Nation under god indivisible.
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