Washington, DC (WSYR-TV) – Three former U.S. Presidents and other national figures gathered in the National Mall in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to recognize the 50th anniversary of the ‘March on Washington’ – a watershed moment in the history of the Civil Rights movement.CNN reported that
President Barack Obama – America’s first black president – was joined by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as they honored the movement’s most iconic figure – Martin Luther King Jr.
King famously delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington.
"Because they kept marching, America changed. Because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. Because they marched, a voting rights law was signed," Obama said. "Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually, the White House changed."
Former President Carter took advantage of the opportunity to criticize laws aimed at voting rights – a popular target of Republicans – and a Supreme Court decision to curb the Voting Rights Act.
"I believe we all know how Dr. King would have reacted to the new ID requirements to exclude certain voters, especially African-Americans," said Carter, a Democrat. "I think we all know how Dr. King would have reacted to the Supreme Court striking down a crucial part of the Voting Rights Act just recently passed overwhelmingly by Congress."
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