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August 28th, 2013
09:13 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama won't try to re-create King's 'Dream' moment

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's address Wednesday from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, representing a symbolic moment in U.S. history.

On that day in 1963, when King and his fellow marchers attended what he labeled 'the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation," few in that crowd could have imagined that half a century later, the first African-American president of the United States would mark the occasion with a speech in the same location.

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  1. Aaron

    I find it ironic that our first black president is responsible for the desruction of more civil liberties than any other pesident

    August 28, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I'll never forget that day. What I remember most is the excitement and celebration that it generated. We were cooking out in the backyard and time came to bless the food. Man. That was the longest food blessing that I've ever heard. Everyone had something to contribute, which is not unusual for our family gatherings. Folks were too excited to stop. It must have lasted 15 minutes or more. Let me put it this way. It took so long that we had to re-heat the hot foods. Okay.

    August 28, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. tom l.

    There is no comparison between these 2 men. None. MLK is one of the most incredible people in the history of the world. No man did what MLK did. No man did more for our country than MLK. He is a man of incredible integrity and determination and worked to bring people together. There is no comparison.

    August 28, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    tom l.

    There is no comparison between these 2 men. None. MLK is one of the most incredible people in the history of the world. No man did what MLK did. No man did more for our country than MLK. He is a man of incredible integrity and determination and worked to bring people together. There is no comparison.
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    You forgot to add one of your anti-Obama remarks. The following is from an article in CNN-Opinion, "Racist taunts at Obama should worry us all", dated Aug 8, 2013.

    "He's divided all the races. I hate him for that."

    "This mind-bending perspective has become one of the leitmotifs of the racialized anti-Obama movement, which laments regressive race relations, but which attributes increased racial tensions in Obama's "disruptive" and "exotic" presence, rather than their own racial stereotypes, hateful rhetoric and divisive behavior."

    August 28, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nice memories Rudy.
    I can only equate it to Inauguration Day January 2009.
    Such vivid, VIVID memories of that day for me.
    It appeared to so many of us there, and possibly even those viewing on television, that there was a special calm, a special pride, about that morning...
    Not sure why cnn would point out the obvious in regards to the President's speech.
    MLK's speech cannot be duplicated.
    Neither can our recollection, our memories of history being made.

    August 28, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |