(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an initiative he said will give African-American students greater access "to a complete and competitive education from the time they're born all through the time they get a career."
Speaking Wednesday night at a National Urban League gathering in New Orleans, Obama said he has issued an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, saying, "A higher education in a 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford," he said.
(CNN) - Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League, told a civil rights rally on Saturday that "we will not stand silent as some seek to hijack, as some seek to distort and contort, as some seek to bamboozle and confuse the vision of Dr. King's dream."
Morial was speaking at the "Reclaim the Dream" rally, marking the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
He spoke in northwestern Washington as conservatives rallied at conservative talk show host Glenn Beck's "Restore Honor" event at the Lincoln Memorial, a few miles away.