50 years after 'Dream' speech, Obama says it's time for economic equality
President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial. The bell is from the Birmingham, Ala., church that was bombed in 1963 days after King's speech. Members of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family rang the bell to echo King's call 50 years ago to “let freedom ring.”
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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