Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Civil rights leader pushes for action

In a speech on Martin Luther King Day, civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery said there is still much work to be done:

In 1965, Lowery was also instrumental in the 50-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, where they pushed for voter rights. Before that march, King had said, "We are going to walk non-violent and peacefully, let the world and the nation know that we are tired now."

Lowery remembers that day like it was yesterday.

"I wasn't there bloody Sunday, but I went back and made the march and I carried the demands of the march to Governor Wallace," he said.

Still, he said there's still a lot of work to be done.

"We've got 300 mayors, black mayors, black president, yet within the shadows of city halls and the shadow of the Capitol there are people living in poverty, with little hope," he said.

Lowery said having President Obama in office should help to uplift us all.

"The fact that this country has moved to where they can elect a black president ought to inspire us to work harder to make the country even better," he said.

King's dream is still alive and well today. It lives, "in the hearts of millions of people," Lowery said.

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