Obama Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

Obama Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2010

Obama Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

WASHINGTON (RPRN) 01/18/10 — Paula Wolfson

U.S. President Barack Obama is leading the nation in honoring the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a church where Martin Luther King preached more than 50 years ago, President Obama talked about the past, the present and the future.

He spoke about the struggles of the civil rights movement, and King's hard-won victories. "We enjoy the fruits of prejudice and bigotry being lifted - slowly, sometimes, in fits and starts, but irrevocably - from human hearts. It's that progress that made it possible for me to be here today, for the good people of this country to elect an African-American the 44th President of the United States of America," he said.

The president used the opportunity to reflect on the challenges that he has faced in his first year in office. He said the troubled economy is testing the nation. "Unemployment is at its highest level in more than a quarter of a century. Nowhere is it higher than in the African-American community," he said.

He said many people are feeling doubt, even despair, about the future. He urged them to have faith. "Yes, we are passing through a harsh winter. It's the hardest in some time. But let's always remember that, as a people, the American people, we've weathered some hard winters before," he said.

President Obama looked out at the congregation at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, founded in 1866 by former slaves, and remarked on the lessons of history. He said Americans now facing grave problems need to work together, tap their inner resolve, and seek progress one step at a time.

Main image credits: Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection
About the author:

Voice of America. The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEWS, Article-byline, BREAKING NEWS, Human-rights, Politics

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Black Travel Club Is Giving Away 1,000 Free Memberships – First come first served!

Atlanta, GA 10/01/14 · BlackTravelClub.com is inviting 1,000 people to join its...

Empirical Foresights is building EconKBase - An economic insights database (a non-profit initiative)

New York, NY 10/01/14 · The global research and adivsory firm Empirical Foresights...

Newborn Foundation Hosts 2014 Awards Gala

SAINT PAUL, MN 09/30/14 · Largest fundraiser of its kind will raise awareness...

Twenty dollars discount on your October press release submission order

SAN FRANCISCO 09/29/14 ·  Thank you for making September such a great...

Pailton Engineering unveils brand new image at IAA Show

Hanover, Germany 09/26/14 · Forward-looking company Pailton Engineering is re-branding itself as...

Breast cancer survivor dragon boat cheque presentation to contest winners Sistership Calgary

Hamilton, Ontario 09/25/14 · Media Advisory Breast cancer survivor dragon boat cheque...

Albi Homes And Brookfield Residential Calgary Distinguished With Inaugural Avid Home Quality Awards

Calgary, Alberta 09/22/14 · Albi Homes And Brookfield Residential Calgary Multi-Family Division...

BYStudio packaging design company in Los Angeles CA Launches New Package Design Company Website

Los Angeles, CA 09/16/14 · BYStudio packaging design company in Los Angeles California...

NEW ACCOMMODATIONS AT STE. ANNE’S SPA VILLAGE

GRAFTON, ONTARIO 09/16/14 · Ste. Anne’s Spa has opened the doors to...

Back Bends & Chest Openers: A Workshop at Studio Blue Yoga

Toronto, ON 09/11/14 · Back Bends to Extend the Spine & Expand...

The Think Pink Challenge; Reel Men Fish Pink

Hempstead, Long Island, NY 09/09/14 · Eposeidon Outdoor Adventure, Inc. kicks off a campaign...

Yoga Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors at Ste. Anne's Spa

GRAFTON 09/04/14 · In honour of breast cancer awareness month, Ste....

Rice Bucket Challenge has raised 3.5 Million for the Hungry

Tanauan, Philippines 09/03/14 · The Rice Bucket Challenge announced today that donations...