Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Same Boat Now

... We did go to jail, but we got the Civil Rights Act.  We got the Voting Rights Act.  We got the Fair Housing Act.  But we must continue to push. We must continue to work, as the late A. Philip Randolph said to organizers for the march in 1963.

And the dean of the civil rights movement once said, we may have come here on different ships, but we all are in the same boat now.  So it doesn't matter whether they're black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American, whether we are gay or straight -- we are one people, we are one family, we are all living in the same house -- not just the American house, but the the world house.

And when we finally accept these truths, then we will be able to fulfill Dr. King's dream to build a beloved community, a nation and a world at peace with itself.

-- Representative John Lewis (D-GA), speaker at the 1963 March on Washington, at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary, 28 August 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial

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