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Holder: I wouldn’t be Attorney General Without 1963 Marchers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the spirit of the 1963 March on Washington now demands equal rights for gays, Latinos, women and people with disabilities.

Speaking before tens of thousands of people on the National Mall, the nation’s first black attorney general praised those who faced repression and brutality to march a half century ago. He thanked them for standing up to “racist governments and governors.”

Without them, he said, he’d never be the attorney general and Barack Obama would not be president.

The anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is Wednesday but anniversary events began Saturday morning. Organizers expected about 100,000 people.

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  • alpinequeen

    The African American civil rights movement began with the abolishment of slavery in the 1700′s. It was a stormy time for African American during the 1800′s but there were many positive actions taken during the 1900′s culminating with a global civil rights movement in the 1960′s for equality that involved more than just African Americans. The civil rights march on Washington in 1963 was merely one more example of the quest for equality for oppressed groups.

  • Yeah-I-said-it…..

    ^^^^ Ooh the benefits of copy/paste?!?! Give credit to your source or at the very least try paraphrasing.

    • alpinequeen

      Wikipedia and three other sources and I did rewrite the information. Pbbbbt!

  • doggone

    Just goes to show that not everything good came from it!!!