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Posted byon August 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM EDT
As we reflect on the tremendous progress made over the past half-century, we honor those brave leaders who paved the way, and upon whose shoulders we all stand, by recognizing our responsibility to undertake the immense job still at hand.
Our Favorite Moments of the President with Icons of African American History and the Civil Rights MovementPosted byon August 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM EDT
Since taking office, President Obama has welcomed many icons of the civil rights movement to the White House, including Tuskegee Airmen, Freedom Riders, Negro League Baseball players, artists, musicians and activists. Today, with President Obama set to speak from the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Posted byon August 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM EDT
As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington today, we are reminded that much work remains to be done to make sure every child has the opportunity to succeed in life. Investing in early education is one way to make meaningful progress toward that goal.
Posted byon August 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM EDT
Posted byon August 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior and an immigrant herself, addresses newly naturalized Americans in a ceremony at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle, Washington.
Posted byon August 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM EDT
50 years ago, Congress took up a series of civil rights proposals under President Johnson’s leadership: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which was viewed at the time – correctly – as one of the great accomplishments for civil rights in America.
Posted byon August 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” He reminded a divided nation that we need one another, and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. A half century later, Dr. King’s words have renewed meaning.
Posted byon August 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM EDT
This year on Women’s Equality Day we commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
President Obama, President Clinton and President Carter to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday August 28thPosted byon August 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM EDT
To commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial.
Posted byon August 24, 2013 at 12:14 PM EDT
Eric Holder commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington