President Barrack Obama spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech.
A bell rang to mark the exact minute in 1963 when King ended his speech with the refrain “let freedom ring.”
Obama, the first black U.S. president, spoke about how the world has changed for many, and paid tribute to Martin Luther King and those who stood by his side during the ’60s civil rights movement.
He said: “Because they marched, America became more free and more fair, not just for African-Americans but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, for Catholics, Jews and Muslims, for gays, for Americans with disabilities.”
He added: “America changed for you and for me.”
“And the entire world drew strength from that example, whether it be young people who watched from the other side of an Iron Curtain and would eventually tear down that wall, or the young people inside South Africa who would eventually end the scourge of apartheid,” Obama explained.
A lot of Martin Luther King’s dream has some truth. A lot has been achieved, however there is still much to achieve.