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George W. Bush commemorates the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington

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Office of George W. Bush

Dallas, Texas
August 28, 2013

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Laura and I are proud to join our fellow Americans in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

When Reverend King came to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1963, his purpose was to hold our Nation to the standards spelled out in the Declaration of Independence. He called all of us to live up to that document’s fundamental promise and the underpinning of our founding – that all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, with thousands gathered around him, Dr. King looked out over the American capital and uttered simple, powerful words that changed the hearts of millions. The dream he had spread a message of hope, justice, and brotherhood that took hold in the hearts of men and women around the world.

Our country has come a long way since that bright afternoon 50 years ago; yet our journey to justice is not complete. Just to the East of the Lincoln Memorial, where President Obama will speak on Wednesday, stands the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. There on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise.

Dr. King was on this Earth just 39 years, but the ideals that guided his life of conscience and purpose are eternal. Honoring him requires the commitment of every one of us. There’s still a need for every American to help hasten the day when Dr. King’s vision is made real in every community – when what truly matters is not the color of a person’s skin, but the content of their character.

Laura and I thank the King family and all who work to carry on the legacy of a great man and the promise of a great Nation. May we continue to march toward the day when the dignity and humanity of every person is respected. And may God continue to bless America.

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  2. William Simpson says:

    Nothing will improve until leadership improves…

    A black man, Barack Obama, has won the Oval Office…..twice! A black woman, Oprah Winfrey, has topped the highest income bracket in America. Black people born of every conceivable social class have attained the most coveted achievements the world-over. What more can black Americans hope for? In reality, these examples take all excuses away.

    It’s black uneducated children living in godless fatherless broken homes surrounded by ignorant lazy adults whose dependence upon government welfare handouts along with unchecked drug and alcohol habits have nurtured a youth culture to have no respect for themselves or the lives of others, who are the ruthless criminals and killers of themselves and of innocents today. The prison population in America is what it is for these reasons.

    No, racism will never be non-existent. There will always be insecurity and cruelty among every generation and social class of society. But the black Americans’ worst enemy are those of their own race. Barack Obama, Bernice King, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Malik Shabazz, and all the others… These are those who will not allow the financial conquests of racism to cease to inflame the black hoodlum youths lust for lawless behavior and for revenge for having been born black. Rather than incite already fragile racial tensions, black leaders should go to any length to educate the young and still impressionable black American youth to the possibilities of what their life could be like if they would only work for it.

    Politicians, the media and angry black Americans need to stop blaming white people for the bondage blacks inflict upon themselves!

    Blog link: wsimpson.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/black-americans-still-crippled-by-racial-policies/