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LIVE: March On Washington Anniversary And NPR Coverage

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 28, 2013

As President Obama, former presidents Carter and Clinton and others speak at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, NPR.org is streaming the audio and its coverage.

Click the play button in our player to listen in. The special coverage is set to run from 2 p.m. ET to 4 p.m ET, hosted by our colleagues from Here & Now.

We’ll also be updating this post with highlights from the event. Hit your refresh button to be sure you’re seeing our latest updates.

Update at 2:41 p.m. ET. ‘The Choice Remains’:

The choice from 50 years ago, said President Bill Clinton, remains the same today: “cooperate and thrive or fight with each other and fall behind.”

Clinton said that Americans today owe a tremendous debt to “those people who came here 50 years ago.” Millions of us, said Clinton, have lived the dream King talked about.

The question, said Clinton, is how will we repay that debt?

“Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear us complain,” said Clinton. “It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.”

Update at 2:32 p.m. ET. Greatest Leader:

Dr. King is “the greatest leader my native state, and perhaps my native country has ever produced,” former President Carter said.

He said that King’s dream is still not complete. He said “we all know” how Dr. King would feel at some voter ID laws, and at the Supreme Court ruling striking a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. “We all know” what Dr. King would think about the incredible unemployment rate, and incarceration rate of blacks.

“There’s a tremendous agenda before us,” Carter said. “I’m thankful to Martin Luther King Jr. that his dream is still alive.”

Update at 2:24 p.m. ET. Long Way To Go:

Rep. John Lewis, the Democratic congressman from Georgia, is now at the podium. Remember, Lewis was at 23, the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, 50 years ago.

“We have come a long way in 50 years, but we have a long way to go before we can fulfill King’s dream,” Lewis said.

He said we’ve made progress: “The signs that said white and black are gone… but there are still invisible signs,” Lewis said. “The scars and stains of racism remain.”

NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program and the injustice in the case of Trayvon Martin are some examples.

“We must never, ever give up,” Lewis said.

Update at 2:16 p.m. ET. Presidents Arrive:

President Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama and his predecessors, Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter walked down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and took their seats on stage.

As NPR’s Craig Windham told our Newscast unit, it’s an overcast day in Washington, but that did not stop thousands from gathering at the National Mall. Many told him, that they came to Washington, today, because they wanted to be part of history and because the struggle for civil rights is not over.

Update at 2:11 p.m. ET. Recommit To The Love:

Television mogul Oprah Winfrey reminded everyone that Martin Luther King Jr. “challenged us to see how we are more alike than we are different.”

That’s why as the bells toll at 3 p.m. ET., “we must recommit to the love that abides and connects each of us, and let freedom ring.” [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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