VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
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[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA
[VOTE 2008 / OBAMA AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA] [SELMA, ALA USA] FTG OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (D-ILL) AT BROWN CHAPEL AME IN SELMA, ALABAMA 12:28:32 Obama standing 12:29:01 Obama sits back down 12:41:55 Obama receiving a standing ovation 12:42:08 Obama smiling and laughing 12:46:07 Obama standing behind preacher 12:46:21 Obama clapping and sitting back down 12:52:41 Obama clapping 13:16:19 I want to start by saying I want to thank him for his support . 13:17:14 Somebody who captures the essence of decency and courage . 13:17:39 To all the distinguished guests and clergy. I'm not sure I'm going to thank the . because he stole the show . nervous about following so many great clergy men .. 13:18:31 Thanks you very much for letting me speak . after I announced I was running for president of the united states . drawing from script 13:19:24 I acknowledge there is a certain amount of presumptuousness with this . his son is now preacher at my church . I got a letter giving me encouragement telling me how proud he was and reminded me to stay true to my ideals . tell them to look at the story of Joshua . 13:20:37 So I just want to talk a little bit about . we are in the presence today of a lot of Moses' . people who battle on behalf of all of America . endured taunts and torments . gave full measure of their devotion . who said that some are atop and some are at the bottom and that's how it will always be . 13:22:53 They wondered through a desert and knowing that god was with them . and it's because they marched that the next generation has not been as bloodied . it's because they marched that I stand here today . 13:23:54 Because not only is my career the result of the men and women we honor here today, my very existence might not have happened . you don't understand, my grandfather was a cook to the British in Kenya . 13:25:24 Yet something happened here in Selma Alabama . 13:26:25 Worried folks in the white house, we're fighting communism . the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift . this young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets . 13:27:46 Don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma Alabama . I'm here because ya'll sacrificed or me . I stand on your shoulders . 13:32:36 Materialism alone will not fulfill the possibilities of your existence, you have to fill that . second thing is the principals of equality is not a one sided thing . 13:33:43 They have basically spent all their time worrying about affirmative action . reminds us we still have a lot work to do . we shouldn't forget that better is not good enough . that is something that we have got to continue to work on 13:35:40 Third thing, we fought for civil rights, but we still have a lot of economic rights to work for . we've got what's know as a health care disparity . life expectancy is lower in the minorities . we have fewer teachers and text books in the schools . health care gap and achievement gap 13:37:00 New Orleans still looks bombed out . when 9-11 happened, they waived any requirement . because they understood . federal government says where's your 10%. There's an empathy gap . 13:38:02 Not a gap the American people felt . the government was the problem . because many of those communities . hope gap . 13:38:40 The question is, what are we the Joshua generation doing to close the gap .. Are we ensuring . and giving a second chance 13:39:29 Government can help . make sure the government is responsive . it's enough to ask with the government can do for us, but what we can do for ourselves . 13:41:24 I tell you what, even as I fight for more education funding . if parents don't turn off the television set . it we don't instill a sense in our young children . we've got to get over that mentality . 13:42:14 Telling ourselves we can achieve . we can do that. We can achieve. 13:42:37 I'm in Washington, I see what's going on . I also know that cousin poky wasn't voting . kick off your marching slippers, put on your marching shoes . 13:43:44 They think that fatherhood ends at conception . I went through some difficult times . 13:44:53 It wasn't just a fight against the oppressor, it was a fight against the oppressor in all of us . it has a way of stunting yourself . part of what the civil rights movement was realizing you have to change more then just ourselves . 13:46:04 That is something that the greatest and the most honorable of generations has taught us . we do what we do because God is with us . 13:46:56 The same thing happened with the Joshua generation . not sure I can do this . be strong and have courage . that's a prayer for a journey . 13:48:31 We've come a long way in this journey, but we still have a long way to go . that bridge was crossed . and today we're called to be the Joshuas of our generation .. Liberty in the face of injustice . 13:49:56 Keep in your heart the prayer of that journey . be strong and have courage in the face of prejudice . hopelessness 13:50:29 In the face of a mighty river, be strong and have courage and lets cross that bridge together, thank you 13:50:55 Obama embracing various members of the clergy on stage 13:51:37 Obama sits back down 13:56:42 Obama head down in prayer and song SEGMENT [1] 2007/03/04 ************************************************ SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA REMARKS AT BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH
13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA REMARKS AT BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH
13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA REMARKS AT BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH
13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL IN SELMA, ALABAMA
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SPEAKING AT THE BROWN CHAPEL AME CHURCH IN SELMA, ALABAMA 13:16:08 SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: I MUST BEGIN BECAUSE AT THE 13:16:16 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS MORNING, I WAS SAVING HIM FOR LAST AND THE 13:16:20 LIST OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS WAS SO LONG, I LEFT HIM OUT AFTER THAT 13:16:25 INTRODUCTION, SO I'M GOING TO START BY SAYING HOW MUCH I 13:16:29 APPRECIATE THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE SUPPORT AND THE OUTSTANDING 13:16:33 WORK THAT HE DOES EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST IN CAPITOL HILL 13:16:39 BUT ALSO BACK HERE IN THE DISTRICT, PLEASE GIVE A WARM 13:16:42 ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR YOUR OWN CONGRESSMAN ARTUR DAVIS. 13:16:45 [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE, 13:16:58 REVEREND JACKSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH, TO THE FAMILY OF BROWN 13:17:04 AM & E AND BISHOP KIRKLAND, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL 13:17:09 MESSAGE AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE OF THE 13:17:16 GREAT HEROS OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND AMERICAN LIFE, SOMEBODY WHO 13:17:29 CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF DECENCY AND COURAGE, SOMEBODY WHO I HAVE 13:17:35 ADMIRED ALL MY LIFE AND WERE IT NOT FOR HIM I'M NOT SURE I WOULD 13:17:41 BE HERE TODAY, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, I'M THANKFUL TO HIM. 13:17:44 [ APPLAUSE ] TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 13:17:51 AND CLERGY, I'M NOT SURE I'M GOING TO THANK REVEREND LOWERY 13:17:56 BECAUSE HE STOLE THE SHOW. [ LAUGHTER ] 13:18:06 I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER I KNOW WE'VE GOT C.T. VIVIAN AND ALL 13:18:11 THIS. WHEN YOU HAVE TO SPEAK IN FRONT 13:18:12 OF SOMEBODY WHO MARTIN LUTHER KING SAID WAS THE GREATEST 13:18:15 PREACHER HE EVER HEARD THEN YOU GOT SOME PROBLEMS, AND I'M A 13:18:19 LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT FOLLOWING SO MANY GREAT PREACHERS. 13:18:28 BUT I AM HOPING THAT THE SPIRIT MOVES ME. 13:18:31 TO ALL MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND OTHER ELECTED 13:18:34 OFFICIALS WERE HERE, TO ALL OF YOU, WHO HAVE GIVEN ME SUCH A 13:18:38 WARM WELCOME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TO 13:18:42 YOU HERE TODAY. YOU KNOW, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, 13:18:50 AFTER I HAD ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF 13:18:55 THE UNITED STATES, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE OLD STATE CAPITOL 13:18:59 IN SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, WHERE ABRAHAM LINCOLN DELIVERED HIS 13:19:05 SPEECH DECLARING DASH DRAWING FROM SCRIPTURE THAT A HOUSE 13:19:09 DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF COULD NOT STAND, AND I STOOD AND I 13:19:13 ANNOUNCED THAT I WAS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY, AND THERE WERE A 13:19:17 LOT OF COMMENTATORS AS THEY ARE PRONE TO DO WHO QUESTIONED THE 13:19:24 AUDACITY OF A YOUNG MAN LIKE MYSELF, HADN'T BEEN IN 13:19:29 WASHINGTON TOO LONG AND I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THERE'S A 13:19:34 CERTAIN PRESUMPTUOUSNESS ABOUT THIS, BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM A 13:19:40 FRIEND OF SOME OF YOURS NAMED REVEREND OTIS MALSH JR. IN 13:19:49 CLEVELAND, ILLINOIS, AND HIS SON, OTIS MOSS III IS NOW 13:19:54 PASTORING AT MY CHURCH, TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND I 13:19:59 MUST SEND GREETINGS FROM OUR SENIOR PASTOR DR. INJURE MYA A. 13:20:05 WRIGHT JR., BUT I GOT A LETTER FROM REVEREND OTIS MOSS JR. 13:20:10 GIVING ME ENCOURAGEMENT AND SAYING HOW PROUD HE WAS THAT I 13:20:15 HAD ANNOUNCED, AND ENCOURAGING ME TO STAY TRUE TO MY IDEALS AND 13:20:23 MY VALUES AND NOT TO BE FEARFUL AND HE SAID IF THERE'S SOME 13:20:29 FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT YOU 13:20:34 SHOULD RUN, JUST TELL THEM TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF JOSHUA. 13:20:43 BECAUSE YOU'RE PART OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:20:47 AND SO I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MOSES AND AARON AND 13:20:53 JOSHUA. BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE PRESENCE 13:21:00 TODAY OF A LOT OF MOSESS. WE'RE IN THE PRESENCE TODAY OF 13:21:08 GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON, PEOPLE WHO BATTLED ON 13:21:17 BEHALF, NOT JUST OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, BUT ON BEHALF 13:21:21 OF ALL OF AMERICA, THAT BATTLED FOR AMERICA'S SOUL, THAT SHED 13:21:31 BLOOD, THAT ENDURED TAUNTS AND TORMENT AND IN SOME CASES GAVE 13:21:37 THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. 13:21:41 LIKE MOSES, THEY CHALLENGED FARROW, THE PRINCES AND POWERS, 13:21:51 WHO SAID THAT SOME ARE ATOP AND OTHERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM, AND 13:21:57 THAT'S HOW IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE. 13:22:00 THERE WERE PEOPLE LIKE ANNA COOPER AND MARIE FOSTER AND 13:22:05 JIMMY LEE JACKSON AND MAURICE OLETT, C.T. VIVIAN, REVEREND 13:22:13 LOWERY, JOHN LEWIS, WHO SAID WE CAN IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, 13:22:19 THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR US TOO. 13:22:23 THAT GOD HAS MADE US IN HIS IMAGE, AND THAT WE REJECT THE 13:22:28 NOTION THAT WE WILL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES BE CONFINED TO A 13:22:33 STATION OF INFERIORITY, THAT WE CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OF 13:22:39 HEIGHTS THAT OUR TALENTS CAN BE EXPRESSED TO THEIR FULLEST. 13:22:45 AND SO BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ENDURED, BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY 13:22:50 MARCHED, THEY LED A PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:22:56 THEY TOOK THEM ACROSS A SEA THAT FOLKS THOUGHT COULD NOT BE 13:23:02 PARTED. THEY WANDERED THROUGH A DESERT, 13:23:06 BUT ALWAYS KNOWING THAT GOD WAS WITH THEM AND THAT IF THEY 13:23:11 MAINTAINED THAT TRUST IN GOD, THAT THEY WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. 13:23:17 AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT THE NEXT GENERATION HASN'T 13:23:25 BEEN BLOODED SO MUCH. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT 13:23:28 WE ELECTED COUNCILMEN AND CONGRESSMEN. 13:23:32 IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT WE HAVE ARTUR DAVIS AND KEITH 13:23:37 ELLISON. IT'S BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I 13:23:39 GOT THE KIND OF EDUCATION I GOT, THAT I GOT A LAW DEGREE AND A 13:23:45 SEAT IN THE ILLINOIS SENATE AND ULTIMATELY IN THE UNITED STATES 13:23:48 SENATE IS BECAUSE THEY MARCHED THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU HERE 13:23:50 TODAY. AND I WAS MENTIONING AT THE 13:24:02 UNITY BREAKFAST THIS IMPORTANT, MY DEBT IS EVEN GREATER THAN 13:24:05 THAT, BECAUSE NOT ONLY IS MY CAREER THE RESULT OF THE WORK OF 13:24:13 THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE HONOR HERE TODAY, MY VERY EXISTENCE 13:24:21 MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR SOME OF THE 13:24:24 FOLKS HERE TODAY. I MENTIONED AT THE UNITY 13:24:28 BREAKFAST THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WELL, YOU 13:24:31 KNOW, YOUR FATHER WAS FROM AFRICA, YOUR MOTHER, SHE'S A 13:24:35 WHITE WOMAN FROM KANSAS, I'M NOT SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE SAME 13:24:39 EXPERIENCE, AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN IT. 13:24:41 YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. YOU SEE, MY GRANDFATHER WAS A 13:24:45 COOK TO THE BRITISH IN KENYA, GREW UP IN A SMALL VILLAGE, AND 13:24:52 ALL HIS LIFE THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS A COOK AND A HOUSEBOY AND 13:24:56 THAT'S WHAT THEY CALLED HIM EVEN WHEN HE WAS 60 YEARS OLD THEY 13:25:00 CALLED HIM A HOUSEBOY. WOULDN'T CALL HIM BY HIS LAST 13:25:05 NAME. CALLED HIM BY HIS FIRST NAME. 13:25:08 SOUND FAMILIAR? AND HE HAD TO CARRY A PASSBOOK 13:25:14 AROUND, BECAUSE AFRICANS IN THEIR OWN LAND IN THEIR OWN 13:25:17 COUNTRY AT THAT TIME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRITISH COLONY COULD NOT 13:25:22 MOVE ABOUT FREELY. THEY COULD ONLY GO WHERE THEY 13:25:25 WERE TOLD TO G THEY COULD ONLY WORK WHERE THEY WERE TOLD TO 13:25:31 WORK, AND YET SOMETHING HAPPENED BACK HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, 13:25:37 SOMETHING HAPPENED IN BIRMINGHAM THAT SENT OUT WHAT BOBBY KENNEDY 13:25:41 CALLED RIPPLES OF HOPE ALL AROUND THE WORLD. 13:25:44 SOMETHING HAPPENED WHEN A BUNCH OF WOMEN DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO 13:25:49 WALK INSTEAD OF RIDE THE BUS AFTER A LONG DAY OF DOING 13:25:53 SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAUNDRY AND LOOKING AFTER SOMEBODY ELSE'S 13:25:55 CHILDREN WHEN MEN WHO HAD Ph.D.s WERE WORKING AS PORTERS DECIDED 13:26:01 THAT'S ENOUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP DESPITE THE RISKS FOR 13:26:04 OUR DIGNITY AND I RESPECT THAT CENTER SHOUT ACROSS OCEANS SO 13:26:10 THAT MY GRANDFATHER BEGAN TO IMAGINE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR 13:26:14 HIS SON AND HIS SON WHO GREW UP HERDING GOATS IN A SMALL VILLAGE 13:26:19 IN AFRICA COULD SUDDENLY SET HIS SIGHTS A LITTLE HIGHER AND 13:26:24 SUDDENLY BELIEVE THAT MAYBE A BLACK MAN IN THIS WORLD HAD A 13:26:29 CHANCE, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA AND BIRMINGHAM 13:26:33 ALSO STIRRED THE CONSCIENCE OF A NATION AND IT WORRIED FOLKS IN 13:26:38 THE WHITE HOUSE WHO SAID WE'RE BATTLING COMMUNISM, HOW ARE WE 13:26:41 GOING TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IF 13:26:44 RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY, JOHN, WE'RE NOT OBSERVING THE 13:26:49 IDEALS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? 13:26:52 WE MIGHT BE ACCUSED OF BEING HYPOCRITES SO THE KENNEDYS 13:26:56 DECIDED WE'RE GOING TO DO AN AIRLIFT. 13:26:59 WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO AFRICA AND WE'RE GOING TO START 13:27:02 BRINGING YOUNG AFRICANS OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND BRING THEM 13:27:05 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN WHAT A WONDERFUL 13:27:09 COUNTRY AMERICA IS AND THIS YOUNG MAN NAMED BARACK OBAMA GOT 13:27:13 ONE OF THOSE TICKETS AND CAME OVER TO THIS COUNTRY AND HE MET 13:27:20 THIS WOMAN, WHOSE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDFATHER HAD 13:27:25 OWNED SLAVES, BUT SHE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA. 13:27:29 THERE'S SOME GOOD CRAZINESS GOING ON BECAUSE THEY LOOKED AT 13:27:32 EACH OTHER AND THEY DECIDED, WE KNOW THAT IN THE WORLD AS IT HAS 13:27:36 BEEN IT MIGHT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE 13:27:39 A CHILD, BUT SOMETHING IS STIRRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY 13:27:42 BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN SELMA, ALABAMA, BECAUSE SOME 13:27:46 FOLKS ARE WILLING TO MARCH ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 13:27:49 AND SO THEY GOT TOGETHER AND BARACK OBAMA JR. WAS BORN. 13:27:55 SO DON'T TELL ME I DON'T HAVE A CLAIM ON SELMA, ALABAMA. 13:28:00 DON'T TELL ME I'M NOT COMING HOME WHEN I COME TO SELMA, 13:28:03 ALABAMA. I'M HERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY 13:28:06 MARCHED FOR OUR FREEDOM. I'M HERE BECAUSE Y'ALL 13:28:11 SACRIFICED FOR ME. I STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF 13:28:19 THIS. I THANK THE MOSES GENERATION. 13:28:27 BUT WE GOT TO REMEMBER NOW THAT JOSHUA STILL HAD A JOB TO DO. 13:28:36 AS GREAT AS MOSES WAS, DESPITE ALL THAT HE DID, LEADING A 13:28:44 PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE, HE DIDN'T CROSS OVER THE RIVER TO SEE THE 13:28:51 PROMISED LAND. GOD TOLD HIM YOUR JOB IS DONE, 13:28:55 YOU'LL SEE IT. YOU'LL BE AT THE MOUNTAINTOP, 13:28:58 AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I'VE PROMISED, WHAT I PROMISED TO 13:29:03 ABRAHAM AND ISAAC AND JACOB AND I PROMISED TO YOU, YOU CAN SEE 13:29:07 THAT I WILL FULFILL THAT PROMISE. 13:29:10 BUT YOU WON'T GO THERE. WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE 13:29:14 JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS. 13:29:18 THERE'S STILL SOME BATTLES HA NEED TO BE FOUGHT, SOME RIVERS 13:29:21 THAT NEED TO BE CROSSED. LIKE MOSES, THE TASK WAS PASSED 13:29:27 ON TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN AS DESERVING, MIGHT NOT 13:29:33 HAVE BEEN AS COURAGEOUS FIND THEMSELVES IN FRONT OF THE RISKS 13:29:37 THAT THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT 13:29:41 GRANDPARENTS HAD TAKEN, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY STILL DON'T 13:29:43 HAVE A BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE 13:29:47 SOME RESPONSIBILITIES THE PREVIOUS GENERATION, THE MOSES 13:29:51 GENERATION POINTED THE WAY. THEY TOOK US 90% OF THE WAY 13:29:55 THERE, BUT WE STILL GOT THAT 10% IN ORDER TO CROSS OVER TO THE 13:30:00 OTHER SIDE. AND SO THE QUESTION, I GUESS, 13:30:05 THAT I HAVE TODAY IS WHAT'S CALLED OF US IN THIS JOSHUA 13:30:11 GENERATION? WHAT DO WE DO IN ORDER TO 13:30:13 FULFILL THAT LEGACY TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS AND THE DEBT 13:30:17 THAT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO ALLOWED US TO BE HERE TODAY? 13:30:22 NOW, I DON'T THINK WE CAN EVER FULLY REPAY THAT DEBT. 13:30:26 I THINK THAT WE'RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE LOOKING BACK, BUT THERE 13:30:33 ARE AT LEAST A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT I WOULD HAVE IN TERMS OF 13:30:37 HOW WE MIGHT FULFILL THAT ENORMOUS LEGACY. 13:30:43 THE FIRST IS TO RECOGNIZE OUR HISTORY. 13:30:48 JOHN LEWIS TALKED ABOUT WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY, BUT I WORRY 13:30:52 SOMETIMES WE'VE GOT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, WE COME DOWN TO 13:30:57 MARCH EVERY YEAR ONCE A YEAR. WE OCCASIONALLY CELEBRATE THE 13:31:05 VARIOUS EVENTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. 13:31:08 WE CELEBRATE DR. KING'S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT STRIKES ME THAT 13:31:12 UNDERSTANDING OUR HISTORY AND KNOWING WHAT IT MEANS IS AN 13:31:15 EVERYDAY ACTIVITY. YOU NOTICE WHEN MOSES SPOKE TO 13:31:23 THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, TELLING THEM THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO BE 13:31:30 GOING WITH THEM, HE LAID OUT WHAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING AND 13:31:34 ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS HE SAID, BISHOP, WAS HE SAID, "KNOW YOUR 13:31:39 PAST. KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM. 13:31:41 KNOW HOW YOU WERE LED OUT OF BONDAGE. 13:31:45 KNOW HOW PHARAOH REFUSED TO LET YOU GO AND THAT GOD CAME DOWN 13:31:49 AND VISITED ALL MANNER OF PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE UNTIL FINALLY A 13:31:54 PEOPLE WERE FREED." MOSES TOLD THE JOSHUA 13:32:00 GENERATION, DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM, AND I WORRY 13:32:04 SOMETIMES THAT THE JOSHUA GENERATION IN ITS SUCCESS 13:32:08 FORGETS WHERE IT CAME FROM. THINKS IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE 13:32:12 AS MANY SACRIFICES, THINKS THAT THE VERY HEIGHT OF AMBITION IS 13:32:18 TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN, TO DRIVE THE BIGGEST CAR 13:32:23 AND HAVE THE BIGGEST HOUSE AND WEAR A ROLEX WATCH AND GET YOUR 13:32:28 OWN PRIVATE JET, GET SOME OF THAT OPRAH MONEY, AND I THINK 13:32:37 THAT'S A GOOD THING. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH 13:32:40 MAKING MONEY BUT IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY, THEN YOU KNOW THAT 13:32:44 THERE'S A CERTAIN POVERTY OF AMBITION INVOLVED IN SIMPLY 13:32:50 STRIVING JUST FOR MONEY, MATERIALISM ALONE WILL NOT 13:32:58 FULFILL THE POSSIBILITIES OF YOUR EXISTENCE. 13:33:01 YOU HAVE TO FILL THAT WITH SOMETHING ELSE. 13:33:02 YOU HAVE TO FILL IT WITH THE GOLAN RULE. 13:33:05 YOU GOT TO FILL IT WITH THINKING ABOUT OTHERS, AND IF WE KNOW OUR 13:33:10 HISTORY, THEN WE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE HIGHEST MARK OF 13:33:16 SERVICE. SECOND THING THAT THE JOSHUA 13:33:19 GENERATION NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF 13:33:23 EQUALITY THAT WERE SET FORTH AND WERE BATTLED FOR HAVE TO BE 13:33:28 FOUGHT EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT IS NOT A ONE-TIME THING. 13:33:34 I WAS REMARKING AT THE UNITY BREAKFAST ON THE FACT THAT THE 13:33:40 SINGLE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCERN THAT THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 13:33:46 UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS HAD WITH RESPECT TO 13:33:50 DISCRIMINATION HAS TO DO WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. 13:33:53 THAT THEY HAVE BASICALLY SPENT ALL THEIR TIME WORRYING ABOUT 13:33:58 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE GIVEN A 13:34:01 LITTLE BREAK TO YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANICS 13:34:06 TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GO TO COLLEGE TOO. 13:34:08 I HAD A SCHOOL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT IT SET UP A 13:34:11 PROGRAM FOR Ph.D.s IN MATH AND SCIENCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, 13:34:16 AND THE REASON THEY HAD SET IT UP IS BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD LESS 13:34:21 THAN 1% OF THE Ph.D.s, DOCTOR, IN SCIENCE AND MATH GO TO 13:34:27 AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE COMPETING IN A 13:34:30 GLOBAL ECONOMY -- WHEN WE'RE NOT JUST COMPETING AGAINST FOLKS IN 13:34:36 NORTH CAROLINA OR FLORIDA BUT IN CHINA AND INDIA AND WE NEED MATH 13:34:40 AND SCIENCE MAJORS, THIS UNIVERSITY THOUGHT THAT THIS 13:34:43 MIGHT BE A NICE THING TO DO, AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WROTE 13:34:46 THEM A LETTER SAYING WE ARE GOING TO THREATEN TO SUE YOU FOR 13:34:50 REVERSE DISCRIMINATION UNLESS YOU CEASE THIS PROGRAM, AND IT 13:34:56 REMINDS US THAT WE STILL GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND THAT THE 13:35:02 BASIC ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS, THE 13:35:07 INJUSTICE THAT STILL EXISTS WITHIN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 13:35:11 SYSTEM, THE DISPARITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED IN 13:35:17 THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES. IT HAS GOTTEN BETTER, AND WE 13:35:21 SHOULD NEVER DENY THAT IT'S GOTTEN BETTER, BUT WE SHOULDN'T 13:35:25 FORGET THAT BETTER IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH, THAT UNTIL WE'VE GOT 13:35:30 ABSOLUTE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY IN TERMS OF PEOPLE BEING 13:35:33 TREATED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR COLOR OR THEIR GENDER THAT THAT 13:35:37 IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON AND THE 13:35:42 JOSHUA GENERATION HAS A SIGNIFICANT TASK IN MAKING THAT 13:35:45 HAPPEN. THIRD THING, WE'VE GOT TO 13:35:51 RECOGNIZE THAT WE FOUGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, BUT WE'VE STILL 13:35:55 GOT A LOT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS THAT HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. 13:35:59 WE'VE GOT 46 -- 46 MILLION PEOPLE UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY 13:36:06 DESPITE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE THAN ANY NATION ON 13:36:08 EARTH. MAKES NO SENSE. 13:36:13 AS CONSEQUENCE WE'VE GOT WHAT'S KNOWN AS A HEALTH CARE DISPARITY 13:36:19 IN THIS NATION BECAUSE MANY OF THE UNINSURED ARE 13:36:23 AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR LATINO. LIFE EXPECTANCY IS LOWER, ALMOST 13:36:27 EVERY DISEASE IS HIGHER WITHIN MINORITY COMMUNITIES. 13:36:32 THE HEALTH CARE GAME. BLACKS ARE LESS LIKELY IN THEIR 13:36:35 SCHOOLS TO HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. 13:36:39 WE HAVE LESS QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:43 WE HAVE FEWER TEXTBOOKS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. 13:36:47 WE GOT IN SOME SCHOOLS RATS OUTNUMBERING COMPUTERS. 13:36:52 THAT'S CALLED THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:36:55 YOU GOT A HEALTH CARE GAP. YOU'VE GOT AN ACHIEVEMENT GAP. 13:37:02 YOU'VE GOT KATRINA STILL UNDONE. WENT DUNN TO NEW ORLEANS THREE 13:37:11 WEEKS AGO. STILL LOOKS BOMBED OUT. 13:37:13 STILL NOT REBUILT. WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED, THE FEDERAL 13:37:19 GOVERNMENT HAS A SPECIAL PROGRAM OF GRANTS TO HELP REBUILD. 13:37:23 THEY WAIVED ANY REQUIREMENT THAT MANHATTAN WOULD HAVE TO PAY 10% 13:37:27 OF THE COST OF REBUILDING. WHEN HURRICANE FLORIDA -- 13:37:32 HURRICANE ANDREWS HAPPENED IN FLORIDA, 10% REQUIREMENT, THEY 13:37:36 WAIVED IT BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT SOME DISASTERS 13:37:39 ARE SO DEVASTATING THAT WE CAN'T EXPECT A COMMUNITY TO REBUILD. 13:37:46 NEW ORLEANS, THE LARGEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE IN OUR HISTORY, THE 13:37:52 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS, WHERE IS YOUR 10%? 13:37:58 THERE'S AN EMPATHY GAP. THERE'S A GAP IN TERMS OF 13:38:04 SYMPATHIZING FOR THOSE FOLKS IN NEW ORLEANS AS BAD AS 13:38:07 SYMPATHIZING WITH FOLKS ELSEWHERE. 13:38:09 IT'S NOT A GAP THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FELT BECAUSE WE SAW HOW 13:38:13 THEY RESPONDED. BUT SOMEHOW OUR GOVERNMENT 13:38:17 DIDN'T RESPOND WITH THAT SAME SENSE OF COMPASSION AND THAT 13:38:21 SAME SENSE OF KINDNESS. AND HERE'S THE WORST PART, THE 13:38:27 TRAGEDY IN NEW ORLEANS HAPPENED WELL BEFORE THE HURRICANE 13:38:32 STRUCK. BECAUSE MANY OF THOSE 13:38:34 COMMUNITIES THERE WERE SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN PRISON, SO MANY 13:38:38 KIDS DROPPING OUT, SO LITTLE HOPE, A HOPE GAP, A HOPE GAP 13:38:42 THAT STILL PERVADES TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS THE 13:38:45 COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN ALABAMA. 13:38:49 SO THE QUESTION IS THEN, WHAT ARE WE THE JOSHUA GENERATION 13:38:53 DOING TO CLOSE THOSE GAPS? ARE WE DOING EVERY SINGLE THING 13:38:58 THAT WE CAN DO IN CONGRESS IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EARLY 13:39:02 EDUCATION IS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE 13:39:06 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE SO IF SOMEBODY WORKS EACH AND EVERY 13:39:10 DAY THEY CAN HAVE SOME DIGNITY AND RESPECT? 13:39:12 ARE WE ENSURING IF SOMEBODY LOSES A JOB THAT THEY'RE GETTING 13:39:16 RETRAINED AND THAT IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE AND THEIR 13:39:21 PENSION THAT SOMEBODY IS THERE TO HELP THEM GET BACK ON THEIR 13:39:24 FEET? ARE WE MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING 13:39:25 A SECOND CHANCE TO THOSE WHO HAVE STRAYED AND GONE TO PRISON 13:39:29 BUT WANT TO START A NEW LIFE? GOVERNMENT ALONE CAN'T SOLVE ALL 13:39:37 THOSE PROBLEMS, BUT GOVERNMENT CAN HELP, AND IT'S THE 13:39:41 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE JOSHUA GENERATION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE 13:39:48 A GOVERNMENT AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE NEED EXISTS ALL ACROSS 13:39:52 AMERICA BUT THAT BRINGS ME TO ONE OTHER POINT THOUGH, JOSHUA 13:39:56 GENERATION, AND THAT IS THIS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT ENOUGH 13:40:01 JUST TO ASK WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO FOR US, IT'S IMPORTANT 13:40:05 FOR US TO ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. 13:40:10 YET ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ASPECTS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS 13:40:15 THE DEGREE OF DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE THAT WAS INSTILLED IN 13:40:21 ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. IMAGINE YOUNG PEOPLE, 16, 17, 13:40:29 20, 21 BACK STRAIGHT, EYES CLEAR, SUIT AND TIE SITTING DOWN 13:40:37 AT A LUNCH COUNTER KNOW BE SOMEBODY IS GOING TO SPILL MILK 13:40:40 ON YOU BUT YOU HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO UNDERSTAND THAT 13:40:43 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RETALIATE BECAUSE IN SHOWING THE WORLD HOW 13:40:48 DISCIPLINED WE WERE AS A PEOPLE, WE WERE ABLE TO WIN OVER THE 13:40:53 CONSCIENCE OF A NATION. I CAN'T SAY FOR CERTAIN THAT WE 13:41:00 HAVE INSTILLED THAT SAME SENSE OF MORAL CLARITY AND PURPOSE IN 13:41:05 THIS GENERATION. BISHOP, SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE 13:41:08 WE'VE LOST IT A LITTLE BIT. YOU KNOW, I'M FIGHTING TO MAKE 13:41:14 SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. 13:41:16 ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE HAVE INEQUITIES IN HOW SCHOOLS ARE 13:41:20 FUNDED BECAUSE IT'S RELIED ON PROPERTY TAXES AND PEOPLE WHO 13:41:23 HAPPEN TO BE BORN IN WEALTHY DISTRICTS, SOMEHOW THEY GET 13:41:28 BETTER SCHOOLS THAN FOLKS WHO ARE BORN IN POOR DISTRICTS AND 13:41:32 THAT'S NOT HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. 13:41:34 THAT'S NOT THE AMERICAN WAY, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN AS I FIGHT 13:41:38 ON BEHALF OF MORE EDUCATION FUNDING, MORE EQUITY, I HAVE TO 13:41:42 ALSO SAY THAT IF PARENTS DON'T TURN OFF THE TELEVISION SET WHEN 13:41:47 THE CHILD COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE THEY SIT 13:41:52 DOWN AND DO THEIR HOMEWORK AND GO TALK TO THE TEACHERS AND FIND 13:41:56 OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING AND IF WE DON'T START INSTILLING A SENSE 13:41:59 IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED 13:42:04 ABOUT IN EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT, I DON'T KNOW WHO 13:42:07 CAUGHT THEM THAT READING AND WRITING AND CONJUGATING YOUR 13:42:11 VERBS WAS ACTING WHITE, WE'VE GOT TO GET OVER THAT MENTALITY. 13:42:14 WE'VE GOT TO DO FOR OURSEOURSEL. THAT'S PART OF WHAT THE MOSES 13:42:19 GENERATION TEACHES US, NOT SAYING TO OURSELVES WE CAN'T DO 13:42:23 SOMETHING BUT TELLING OURSELVES THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. 13:42:27 WE CAN DO THAT. WE'VE GOT POWER IN OUR HANDS. 13:42:36 FOLKS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. 13:42:39 I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT. 13:42:45 I'M IN WASHINGTON. I SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. 13:42:48 I SEE THOSE POWERS AND PRINCIPALITIES HAVE SNUCK BACK 13:42:52 IN THERE. THAT THEY'RE WRITING THE ENERGY 13:42:55 BILLS AND THE DRUG LAWS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. 13:42:58 BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, I ALSO KNOW THAT IF COUSIN POOKIE WOULD 13:43:05 VOTE, IF UNCLE JETHRO WOULD GET OFF THE COUCH AND STOP WATCHING 13:43:12 "SPORTSCENTER" AND GO REGISTER SOME FOLKS AND GO TO THE POLLS, 13:43:15 WE MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POLITICS. 13:43:18 THAT'S WHAT THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US. 13:43:23 KICK OFF YOUR BEDROOM SLIPPERS, PUT ON YOUR MARCHING SHOES, GO 13:43:28 DO SOME POLITICS, CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. 13:43:30 THAT'S WHAT THEY TEACH US. WE'VE GOT TOO MANY CHILDREN IN 13:43:39 POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. 13:43:43 BUT DON'T TELL ME EARTH DOESN'T HAVE A LITTLE TO DO WITH THE 13:43:46 FACT THAT WE GOT TOO MANY DADDIES NOT ACTING LIKE DADDIES. 13:43:53 I THINK THAT -- THINK THAT FATHERHOOD ENDS AT CONCEPTION, I 13:43:59 KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE MY FATHER WASN'T AROUND 13:44:02 WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND I STRUGGLED. 13:44:07 THOSE OF YOU WHO READ MY BOOK KNOW. 13:44:09 I WENT THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT TIMES. 13:44:11 I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A STRONG MALE FIGURE 13:44:15 IN THE HOUSE, WHICH IS WHY THE HARDEST THING ABOUT ME BEING IN 13:44:19 POLITICS SOMETIMES IS NOT BEING HOME AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE AND I'M 13:44:22 JUST BLESSED THAT I'VE GOT SUCH A WONDERFUL WIFE AT HOME TO HOLD 13:44:26 THINGS TOGETHER, BUT DON'T TELL ME THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER BY 13:44:36 OUR CHILDREN, THAT WE CAN'T TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE 13:44:40 WE'RE INSTILLING IN THEM THE VALUES AND THE IDEAS THAT THE 13:44:43 MOSES GENERATION TAUGHT US ABOUT SACRIFICE AND DIGNITY AND 13:44:47 HONESTY AND HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE AND SELF-SACRIFICE. 13:44:51 THAT COMES FROM US. WE'VE GOT TO TRANSMIT THAT TO 13:44:56 THE NEXT GENERATION AND I GUESS THE POINT THAT I'M MAKE 13:44:58 SOMETHING THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WASN'T JUST A FIGHT 13:45:03 AGAINST THE OPPRESSOR, IT WAS ALSO A FIGHT AGAINST THE 13:45:06 OPPRESSOR IN EACH OF US. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO 13:45:12 JUST POINT AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, IT'S THERE THEIR FAULT BUT 13:45:17 OPPRESSION HAS A WAY OF CREEPING INTO YOU, REVEREND. 13:45:19 IT HAS A WAY OF STUNTING YOURSELF. 13:45:23 YOU START TELLING YOURSELF, BISHOP, I CAN'T DO SOMETHING. 13:45:27 I CAN'T READ, I CAN'T -- I CAN'T GO TO COLLEGE. 13:45:30 I CAN'T START A BUSINESS. I CAN'T RUN FOR CONGRESS. 13:45:33 I CAN'T RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY, PEOPLE START TELLING YOU CAN'T 13:45:38 DO SOMETHING, AFTER A WHILE, YOU TART BELIEVING IT. 13:45:44 AND PART OF WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT WAS 13:45:47 RECOGNIZING THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES IN ORDER TO 13:45:50 TRANSFORM THE WORLD. MAHATMA GANDHI, THE GREAT HERO 13:45:57 OF DR. KING AND THE PERSON WHO HELPED CREATE THE NONVIOLENT 13:46:03 MOVEMENT AROUND THE WORLD, HE ONCE SAID THAT "YOU CAN'T CHANGE 13:46:07 THE WORLD IF YOU HAVEN'T CHANGED. 13:46:10 IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE CHANGE HAS TO HAPPEN WITH 13:46:13 YOU FIRST." AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE 13:46:19 GREATEST AND MOST HONORABLE OF GENERATIONS HAS TAUGHT US. 13:46:26 BUT THE FINAL THING THAT I THINK THE MOSES GENERATION TEACHES US 13:46:29 IS TO REMIND OURSELVES THAT WE DO WHAT WE DO BECAUSE GOD IS 13:46:35 WITH US. YOU KNOW, WHEN MOSES WAS FIRST 13:46:41 CALLED TO LEAD PEOPLE OUT OF THE PROMISED LAND, HE SAID, "I DON'T 13:46:45 THINK I CAN DO IT, LORD. I DON'T SPEAK LIKE REVEREND 13:46:49 LOWERY. I DON'T -- I DON'T FEEL BRAVE 13:46:53 AND COURAGEOUS" AND THE LORD SAID "I WILL BE WITH YOU. 13:46:59 THROW DOWN THAT ROD, PICK IT BACK UP. 13:47:03 I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO DO." 13:47:06 AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE JOSHUA GENERATION. 13:47:14 JOSHUA SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M SCARED. 13:47:17 I'M NOT SURE THAT I AM UP TO THE CHALLENGE, AND THE LORD SAID TO 13:47:25 HIM, EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOUL OF YOUR FOOT WILL TREAD UPON, I 13:47:31 HAVE GIVEN YOU. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I 13:47:36 AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:47:43 THAT'S A PRAYER FOR A JOURNEY, A PRAYER THAT KEPT A WOMAN IN HER 13:47:47 SEAT WHEN THE BUS DRIVER TOLD HER TO GET UP, A PRAYER THAT LED 13:47:50 NINE CHILDREN THROUGH THE DOORS OF A LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL, A 13:47:53 PRAYER THAT CARRIED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER A BRIDGE RIGHT 13:47:57 HERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA. BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE WHEN 13:48:02 YOU SEE ROW AND ROW OF STATE TROOPER FACING YOU, YOU SEE THE 13:48:07 HORSES AND THE TEAR GAS, HOW ELSE CAN YOU WALK TOWARDS THEM 13:48:10 UNARMED AND UNAFRAID? WHEN THEY COME AFTER YOU AND 13:48:13 START BEATING YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS HOW ELSE CAN YOU 13:48:17 SIMPLY KNEEL DOWN, BOW YOUR HEAD AND ASK THE LORD FOR SALVATION 13:48:20 WHEN YOU SEE HEADS GASHED OPEN AND EYES BURNING AND LITTLE 13:48:24 CHILDREN LYING HURT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN YOU'RE JOHN 13:48:28 LEWIS AND YOU'VE BEEN BEATEN WITHIN AN INCH OF YOUR LIFE ON 13:48:31 SUNDAY HOW DO YOU WAKE UP ON MONDAY AND KEEP ON MARCHING? 13:48:34 BE STRONG, AND HAVE COURAGE FOR I AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO. 13:48:41 WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN THIS JOURNEY, BUT WE STILL HAVE A 13:48:46 LONG WAY TO TRAVEL. WE TRAVEL BECAUSE GOD WAS WITH 13:48:52 US. IT'S NOT HOW FAR WE'VE COME THIS 13:48:55 FAR ON OUR JOURNEY. THAT BRIDGE OUTSIDE WAS CROSSED 13:48:58 BY BLACKS AND WHITES, NORTHERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS, 13:49:01 TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN, SHOPKEEPERS AND JANITORS, A 13:49:04 BELOVED COMMUNITY OF GOD'S CHILDREN WILLING TO TAKE THOSE 13:49:07 STEPS TOGETHER. BUT IT WAS LEFT TO THE JOSHUAS 13:49:12 TO FINISH THE JOURNEY MOSES HAD BEGUN AND TODAY WE'RE CALLED TO 13:49:15 BE THE JOSHUAS OF OUR TIME, TO BE THE GENERATION THAT FINDS OUR 13:49:19 WAY ACROSS THIS RIVER, THERE WILL BE DAYS WHEN THE WATER 13:49:23 SEEMS WIDE AND THE JOURNEY TOO FAR, BUT IN THOSE MOMENTS WE 13:49:27 MUST REMEMBER THAT THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, THERE HAS BEEN A 13:49:31 RUNNING THREAD OF IDEALS THAT HAVE GUIDED OUR TRAVELS AND 13:49:35 PUSHED US FORWARD EVEN WHEN THEY'RE JUST BEYOND OUR REACH, 13:49:40 LIBERTY IN THE FACE OF TYRANNY, EQUALITY IN THE FACE OF BITTER 13:49:44 INJUSTICE, OPPORTUNITY WHERE THERE WAS NONE AND HOPE OVER THE 13:49:46 MOST CRUSHING DE SPARE, THOSE IDEALS, THOSE VALUES, THEY 13:49:50 BECKON US STILL, AND WHEN WE HAVE OUR DOUBTS AND OUR FEARS, 13:49:53 JUST LIKE JOSHUA DID, WHEN THE ROAD LOOKS TOO LONG AND IT SEEMS 13:49:57 LIKE WE MAY LOSE OUR WAY, REMEMBER WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID 13:50:01 ON THAT BRIDGE, KEEPING YOUR H 13:50:07 HEART, THE PRAYER OF THAT JOURNEY, THE PRAYER THAT GOD 13:50:09 GAVE TO JOSHUA, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF 13:50:16 INJUSTICE, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF PREJUDICE 13:50:21 AND HATRED, IN THE FACE OF JOBLESSNESS AND HELPLESSNESS AND 13:50:28 HOPELESSNESS, BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE. 13:50:30 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED TODAY IN THE FACE 13:50:34 OF OUR DOUBTS AND FEARS, IN THE FACE OF SKEPTICISM, IN THE FACE 13:50:39 OF CYNICISM, IN THE FACE OF A MIGHTY RIVER, BE STRONG AND HAVE 13:50:44 COURAGE AND LET US CROSS OVER THAT PROMISED LAND TOGETHER. 13:50:47 THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYBODY. GOD BLESS YOU. END SENATOR BARACK OBAMA