MLK praise scrubbed from Bill Clinton speech
March 28th, 2014
04:55 PM ET
9 months ago

MLK praise scrubbed from Bill Clinton speech

Washington (CNN) - A pair of lines praising Martin Luther King, Jr. were scrubbed from an early version of President Bill Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address, apparently after someone in the White House raised questions about how the rhetorical flourishes would play with white people.

A rough draft of the 1998 speech was included in a new batch of previously withheld documents released by the National Archives and the Clinton Presidential Library on Friday. It included a passage about racial healing, tentatively titled "One America In The 21st Century."

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Martin Luther King
African-American senator not invited to speak at civil rights anniversary
August 28th, 2013
07:30 PM ET
1 year ago

African-American senator not invited to speak at civil rights anniversary

Washington (CNN) - Organizers of Wednesday's 50th anniversary March on Washington did not invite the nation's only African-American senator to speak at the civil rights commemoration, his office said, a sign of the complicated politics of racial equality.

Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina was appointed to the position in January, is currently the only black senator and is one of only eight African-Americans to ever serve in the U.S. Senate.
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Filed under: Martin Luther King • Tim Scott
Color photos from 1963 March on Washington
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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Filed under: Martin Luther King • President Obama
Obama: "King would be amazed" about civil rights progress
August 27th, 2013
06:10 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama: "King would be amazed" about civil rights progress

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama joked that his address marking the 50th anniversary of the historic "I Have A Dream" speech "won't be as good" as Dr. Martin Luther King's original.

King's 1,600-word address – arguably one of the most important speeches of the 20th century – became a crucial moment in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S.
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Filed under: Martin Luther King • President Obama
Controversial 'Drum Major' paraphrase removed from MLK memorial
August 1st, 2013
04:24 PM ET
1 year ago

Controversial 'Drum Major' paraphrase removed from MLK memorial

(CNN) – The controversial written passage on the side of the National Mall's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial has been removed, the sculptor said Thursday.

Chinese artist Master Lei Yixin told reporters at a press event in front of the memorial that the inscription had been removed by deepening the grooves that give the side of the memorial texture.
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Americans urged to live MLK's ideals at memorial dedication
October 16th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Americans urged to live MLK's ideals at memorial dedication

Washington (CNN) - As the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial was officially dedicated Sunday, speakers called for carrying on King's ideals and values and confronting issues including bullying and social and economic justice for all Americans.

"Nearly 50 years after the March on Washington, our work - Dr. King's work - is not yet complete," President Barack Obama said at the dedication ceremony.

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Filed under: Martin Luther King • Washington D.C.
Rep. Lewis reflects on MLK’s impact
October 16th, 2011
10:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Rep. Lewis reflects on MLK’s impact

Washington (CNN) – On the morning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dedication, a longtime Georgia congressman and the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington said King was not only a instrumental figure in American culture—but in him, as well.

“I saw segregation. I saw racial discrimination. I tasted the bitter fruits of racism,” Rep. John Lewis said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And he made me a different person. And today I can say I don't have any bitter feelings or have any anger or hatred (toward) human beings.”
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Filed under: 2012 • John Lewis • Martin Luther King • TV-State of the Union