50 years after 'Dream' speech, Obama says it's time for economic equality

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday by calling for economic equality — a crucial step to long-sought-after racial equality — as he pushed to usher in a new era of civil rights in the United States.

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial — the same spot where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. captivated a nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech — Obama said this sometimes-forgotten theme of that historic day a half-century ago remains elusive.

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