The president spoke of the contributions of civil rights leaders at an NAACP convention Thursday.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – President Barack Obama spoke at an NAACP Convention Thursday, honoring the contributions of black civil rights leaders whom he stated paved the way for his success. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama also warned of the continual issues faced by many with regards racial discrimination and what the country has yet to overcome.
Obama is quoted in the AP as stating while addressing the NAACP convention audience, “Make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in America.” He is further quoted as remarking of issues such as disproportionate prison terms, “These are some of the barriers of our time… They’re very different from the barriers faced by earlier generations. They’re very different from the ones faced when fire hoses and dogs were being turned on young marchers…But what’s required to overcome today’s barriers is the same as what was needed then. The same commitment. The same sense of urgency.”
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